V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on March 21, 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, page 516b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Frumkin:

I had just finished writing to you and Radchenko,[1] when I received your letter.[2] I cannot agree with you. The Politbureau decision is precise, clear and, I believe, correct.

What are your “differences of principle with Krasin”?? I should like to know. Are there any? What are they about? Which are they?

Even if there are any in fact, that is no hindrance.

With Stomonyakov, you and Radchenko will make arrangements here, now. You and Radchenko will each travel abroad at least once a year. It is not far from here to Berlin, and Berlin is the centre.

With communist greetings,


[1] See previous document.—Ed.

[2] M. I. Frumkin set out in the letter here mentioned of March  21, 1922, his opinion of the state of affairs in the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade. He held that the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) C.C. decision, including him on the Collegium of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade and appointing Deputy People’s Commissar for Foreign Trade, was not appropriate for several reasons, chiefly because of his “differences of principle with Krasin on the main question—the nature of the foreign trade monopoly”. Frumkin requested that ho should be allowed to continue at the People’s Commissariat for Food (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

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