Letter to Alexei Rykov and Alexander Tsiurupa, April 26, 1922

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 26 April 1922

First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 534b.


Top secret

Comrades Rykov and Tsyurupa

I am sending you Varga’s German letter.

I am sure that we have a great many scandalous things of this kind.

Varga is apparently right (I have written to him to say that in future he must let me know his informant’s name). Please appoint (through Krestinsky? or otherwise) a strict inquiry at Berlin to catch the guilty persons at this B.F.S.T. and then to reorganise it radically.

Make sure that Yevgeny Varga is on the commission for inquiry and restructuring.[1]

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)

Chairman, CPC

  1. On the commission to examine the activity of the B.F.S.T. (Bureau for Foreign Science and Technology) were Y. B. Pashukanis, Y. S. Varga (representing the embassy), V. N. Ipatiev, M. Y. Lapirov-Skoblo, B. E. Stuynkel (representing the SEC) and V. V. Starkov (representing the foreign trade mission).
    In its conclusion, the commission described the state of the B.F.S.T., making a number of criticisms, and came out in favour of retaining it but on a much smaller scale.