V. I.   Lenin


To:   L. B. KRASIN[1]

Written: Written on March 20, 1922
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 514b-515a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Krasin:

I do not agree with you. Lezhava is a very nice comrade, but he has fully demonstrated his weakness.

There is need for a different collegium (Politbureau), and a trio inside it: you + Frumkin + Radchenko, because you are away very often, and authority should reside in Russia. What is more, you are also a diplomat. And you are not doing any of the spade-work, purging the swindlers, seeing to the order, flogging and thrashing for non-fulfilment. You are responsible for the direction, but the   spade-work needs strong-minded men, and not Lezhava. They will learn how to work.




  R.C.P.(B.) C.C., Krasin insisted that Lezhava should remain in the post of Deputy People’s Commissar.

On March 20, 1922, the Politbureau, having discussed the matter, recognised that “it is absolutely necessary both in the interests of foreign trade itself and for considerations of foreign policy to keep Comrade Krasin in the post of People’s Commissar for Foreign Trade”, and appointed M. I. Frumkin to the post of Deputy People’s Commissar. On March 27, the C.P.C. approved the following Collegium: People’s Commissar—L. B. Krasin; Deputy People’s Commissars—A. M. Lezhava and M. I. Frumkin; members of the Collegium—I. I. Radchenko, P. S. Sorokin, A. V. Barsky and K. M. Begge (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

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