A Note to Vasily Mikhailov with a Draft Resolution for the CC, RCP(b) on the Question of an Agreement with the Rutgers Group

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 19 October 1921


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First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 1st English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1965, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 352b-353a.

Lenin’s draft was adopted by the Politbureau on October 20’ 1921. His proposals were incorporated in the agreement concluded with the Rutgers group.

Comrade Mikhailov,

I enclose the reply of the Rutgers group to the decision of the Council of Labour and Defence (i.e., the decision of the Central Committee).

I believe this is tantamount to an acceptance of our terms.

I am therefore enclosing a draft decision for the CC which please circulate as quickly as possible among the members of the Politbureau. Very urgent,

With communist greetings, Lenin

In view of the fact that the group of sponsors (Comrades Rutgers, Heywood and Calvert) have accepted the terms proposed in the decision of the CLD of 17.X., the Central Committee resolves and directs the CLD to resolve:

The C.L,D. resolves:

1) that the agreement with the group be considered concluded;

2) that Comrade Bogdanov be directed to immediately draw up and submit to the chairman of the C.L,D. for signature telegrams giving the most urgent orders for laying in stocks of wood, timber, etc.;

3) that the Presidium of the SEC be directed within two days to draw up the final text of a modified agreement for endorsement by the CLD on Friday, 21.X.1921;

4) that $5,000 be issued to Comrade Rutgers on Saturday, 22.X., according to the agreement, immediately after its endorsement by the CLD on 21.X.

Further, without this being recorded as a decision of the C. L. D., the CC instructs Comrade Bogdanov, the Kuibyshev Commission, and the CLD to modify the agreement in such a way that (1) the CLD shall have the right to take part in the selection of extra candidates for the “Organising Committee” before and for the purpose of the final endorsement of this list; (2) the total sum of all the Soviet government’s expenses shall not exceed $300,000; (3) in the event of. the agreement being cancelled the Soviet authorities shall not incur any financial liabilities (or only such as shall be recognised as lawful by a court of the RSFSR or by the Central Executive Committee of the R. S. F. S. R.)

Lenin