Instruction on Ivan Nikitich Smirnov's letter, Between July 3 and 13, 1920

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 3 July 1920

Written between July 3 and 13, 1920
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 396b.

Vladimir Ilyich,

I am sending you absolutely accurate information, verified on the spot by our people, about goods intended for shipment abroad lying at the wharves. All the goods are packed and in two weeks’ time will go to the month of the river Ob.

We have done our part. I fear that the cost of these goods will be 2–3 times in excess of what we shall be getting from Sweden.

Put pressure on the Commissariat for Foreign Trade to make use of this surplus of goods.



1) Return it to me with your comment.

2) Put on full pressure.

3) Give me a copy of the measures.[1]


  1. In reply to Lenin’s note, Krasin reported on the measures taken for the speediest shipment of goods intended for foreign trade, and on their sale and the use of the foreign currency proceeds for the purchase of goods needed by Soviet Russia.