V. I.   Lenin



Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 543c-544.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Zinoviev or his deputy

To Comrade Zinoviev
(to Comrade Zinoviev or his deputy)

I beg You to help the comrade Armand Hammer; it is extremely important for us that his first concession would be a full success.


I beg you to give every assistance to the bearer, Comrade Armand Hammer, an American comrade, who has taken out the first concession. It is extremely, extremely important that his whole undertaking should be a complete success.

With communist greetings,
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)

First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI
Printed from a photocopy of the original (the first half—in English)



Telephone message to Zinoviev and his deputy
in Petrograd (make sure this is not lost in the
event of Zinoviev’s departure or absence)[2]

Today I wrote a letter of reference to you and your deputy for the American Comrade Armand Hammer. His father is a millionaire and a Communist (he is in prison in America). He has taken out our first concession, which is very advantageous for us. He is going to Petrograd to be present at the discharge of the first wheat ship[1] and to arrange for the receipt of machinery for his concession ((asbestos mines)).

It is my earnest request that you issue orders at once to see that there is no red tape and that reliable comrades should personally keep an eye on the progress and speed of all operations for this concession. This is of the utmost importance. Armand Hammer is travelling with the director of his company, Mr. Mishell.


First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54
Printed from the original


[1] See Document 503 of this volume.—Ed.

[2] The telephone message was written at the request of Ann and Hammer made on May 11, 1922. Over the text Lenin wrote: “Make a note of who is to receive them in Petrograd.” There is also this secretarial note: “Read over the phone to Zinoviev personally.”

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