Letter to Alexei Rykov, April 4, 1922
|Written||4 April 1922|
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 520c-521b.
Please see to the business indicated by Comrade Martens. If it is confirmed that the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs had impeded things, they should be given exemplary punishment. Of course, we should be very cautious about the immigration of workers to Russia, for, on the other hand, we have very inadequate experience. When all the formalities in the restrictive sense have been observed, it is downright criminal to allow any delays, for if the economic work is to be started, the immigrants must arrive just now, before the spring operations begin.
I am sending on to you a letter from Yezhov, who has been recommended to me as an extremely reliable and efficient worker. Unfortunately, I have been unable to carry out my intention of making a closer acquaintance with him. The warehouse business is in a shocking state and, I believe, the whole is in the charge of Troyanovsky, whom I remember as a Bolshevik during my stay abroad. Subsequently, he went over to the Mensheviks, and now, it seems, has deviated from the Mensheviks. I strongly suspect that he is doing nothing about the warehouses, but is engaged in politics, and that nothing good will come of his warehouse activity. I think that Troyanovsky’s efficiency should be thoroughly checked.
- An apparent reference to the permission for entry into the RSFSR issued to the American tractor team organised by the Society of Friends of Soviet Russia (in the United States).
- A reference to a letter from I. K. Yezhov, head of the S.E.C.’s Administration for State Warehouses, to Lydia Fotieva on April 3, 1922, asking her to have a talk with Lenin and secure the passage, at a C.P.C. sitting, of the draft decision, which he had sent in at Lenin’s proposal, on the transfer, in accordance with a definite list, of warehouse premises from the charge of local authorities to that of his Administration.
See this volume, Document 461, and also present edition, Vol. 35, Document 299; Vol. 36, p. 548.