Draft Decision for the Politbureau of the CC, RCP(b) on the Trade Agreement with Britain

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 4 December 1920


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First published in 1955 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 232b.

This draft was adopted at a meeting of the Politbureau on December 4, 1920. See also Collected Works , Vol. 52, Fifth [Russian]

The Politbureau approves the proposal of Comrade Chicherin on the question of the trade agreement with Britain and particularly emphasises:

that Krasin, without the special and explicit consent of the Central Committee, should on no account go beyond the text and letter of our Note of 29.VI on the questions of propaganda and debts[1];

all details to be dealt with at special talks on a peace treaty.

In motivation, reference to be made to their aid to Wrangel.[2]

  1. This refers to the Memorandum dated June 29, 1920, which the Soviet Government sent to the British Government (see Dokuinenty Vneshnei Politiki SSSR [U.S.S.R. Foreign Policy Documents], Vol. II, Moscow, 1958, pp. 593-98).
  2. The last sentence in the manuscript is crossed out. With reference to negotiations with Britain for the conclusion of a trade agreement see present edition, Vol. 31, pp. 492-931.