Letter to Joseph Stalin for Members of the RCP(b) CC Politbureau, May 24 and 27, 1922

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 24 May 1922

Written on May 24 and 27, 1922
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 559b-560a.



To Comrade Stalin with a request to circulate

all Politbureau members

(being sure to include Comrade Zinoviev)

On the strength of this information from Comrade Reinstein, I am giving both Armand Hammer and B. Mishell a special recommendation on my own behalf and request all CC members to give these persons and their enterprise particular support.[1] This is a small path leading to the American “business” world, and this path should be made use of in every way. If there are any objections, please telephone them to my secretary (Fotieva or Lepeshinskaya), to enable me to clear up the matter (and take a final decision through the Politbureau) before I leave, that is, within the next few days.[2]

24/V. Lenin

P.S. 27/V. I have held this back pending a reply from Comrade Zinoviev. The reply came in on 26/V.


  1. A reference to B. I. Reinstein’s report giving detailed information about Dr. J. Hammer and his son Armand Hammer, and their Allied Drug and Chemical Corporation. See also this volume, Documents 503 and 690.
  2. Lenin’s proposal was adopted by the Politbureau on June 2, 1922.