A Note to Vasily Mikhailov with a Draft Decision for the Politbureau of the CC, RCP(b)

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 9 November 1921

First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Second Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 362b.
Keywords : Draft, Vasily Mikhailov

This note was written on Chicherin’s letter to the Politbureau in which he reported that the question of denationalising Soviet Russia’s foreign trade was raised at the Baltic Economic Conference (held at Riga, from October 28 to 31, 1921). V. P. Milyutin, the head of the R. S.F. S. B. delegation at the conference, submitted a paper on this question which was sent to the Politbureau. Milyutin’s plan boiled down to abolishing the monopoly of foreign trade. On November 10 the Politbureau, on Lenin’s motion, rejected Milyutin’s proposal (see also Collected Works, Vol. 44, Fifth Russian Edition, pp. 427-30; present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 375-78 and pp. 455-59).

Comrade Mikhailov,

Please have this sent round to the members of the Pout-bureau.

My personal opinion is that the whole of V. Milyutin’s plan should be rejected as being worthless and absolutely unconsidered.

I propose it be rejected.