V. I.   Lenin



Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 573b-574a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Kamenev:

I have just seen Mikhailov. I am having second thoughts again. I am against the Urquhart concession. Let’s get together at my place at 9.30 today (I shall be at the dentist at 8.30).[1]


Written on October 4, 1922


Comrade Kamenev:

Today I have a swollen cheek and am running a temperature. I plan not to leave either for the C.C. this morning or for the C.L.D. tonight.

Let’s keep in touch by paper.

Then, could I see Comrade Chubar?

Ask him whether he can come to see me this morning, now, before 2 o’clock?[2]


Written on October 6, 1922


Comrade Kamenev:

You haven’t forgotten to take from Krasin the formulations of the second argument against the Urquhart concession (our dissatisfaction with the trade agreement, its defects)? You must take it.


P.S. What’s new at the plenum?[3]

Written on October 6, 1922
First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54
Printed from the original


[1] On October 5, the Plenum of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee and on October 6, the C.P.C. adopted decisions rejecting the preliminary agreement with Leslie Urquhart (see Izvestia VTsIK No. 226, October 7, 1922).

However, Lenin, the Party C.C. and the Soviet Government did not rule out the possibility of returning to the question of granting Urquhart a concession. In this connection Lenin believed it to be necessary once again to verify most thoroughly all the terms of the concession. In particular, he proposed a reduction in area of the concession and the amounts Urquhart was to receive (see this volume, Document 768, and also present edition, Vol. 42, p. 424).

[2] On October 9, 1922, Lenin saw V. Y. Chubar, head of the State Coal Industry of Donbas.

Lenin attached great importance to the rehabilitation of the Donets Coal Basin, showed a constant interest in its work and did everything to help restore and develop it. On October 6, 1922, V. A. Smolyaninov sent Chubar a letter containing Lenin’s request to reply briefly to questions about the supply of Donbas. “Let us know the result of your talks. How much do you want and how much are they giving you?”

To the letter is attached a note from Smolyaninov addressed   to Lenin. It says: “Vladimir Ilyich, I have sent off the letter to Chubar. Perhaps I should send copies to Kamenev and Rykov? 6/X.” Below that Lenin wrote: “You should” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

[3] The Plenum of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee was held from October 5 to 7, 1922. Lenin attended the October 5 sitting, but not the others because of illness.

The register of Lenin’s outgoing documents, under the head “Execution”, has a secretarial note saying that L. B. Kamenev’s reply was received on October 7 and “handed to Vladimir Ilyich” (the reply has not been found).

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