Written: 14 November 1922
First Published: 1922; Published according to the manuscript
Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1965, Volume 33, page 433
Translated: David Skvirsky and George Hanna
Transcription\HTML Markup: David Walters & R. Cymbala
Copyleft: V. I. Lenin Internet Archive (www.marx.org) 2002. Permission is granted to copy and/or distribute this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License
I attach great importance to this Exhibition; I am sure that all organisations will co-operate with it in every way. With all my heart I wish you the best success.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
November 14, 1922
 The All-Russia Agricultural Exhibition was, according to a decision of the Ninth All-Russia Congress of Soviets, scheduled to open in the autumn of 1922. However, on account of the large volume of work that went into organising the exhibition and into surmounting the consequences of a crop failure, the opening was postponed until 1923. Great importance was attached to the foreign section at the exhibition, and many foreign businessmen were eager to take part in it. In the press it was emphasised that the exhibition “must be not only Russian but also, to some extent, international”.
The First Agricultural and Crafts Exhibition in the Soviet Union was opened in Moscow on August 19, 1923. Lenin took a keen interest in the exhibition. On October 19, during his last stay in Moscow, Lenin drove across the territory of the exhibition despite being gravely ill.