Letter to the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade, The People’s Commissariat for Finance, The SEC and The People’s Commissariat for Education, December 5, 1921

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December 5, 1921

Comrade Lezhava, P.C.F.T.

Comrade Alsky, P.C.F.

Comrade Bogdanov, SEC

Comrade Litkens, P.C.E.

Comrade Voyevodin

In Moscow now is the Communist Comrade Caroti, an agent of the Italian film producers, Cito-Cinema, with whom our mission in Italy has been carrying on preliminary talks about a concession on the filming and purchase of films in Russia and the showing of these films in Italy.

The talks with Comrade Caroti could be based on the draft contract which he has and which leaves much room for any necessary changes.

According to a report from the representative of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade in Italy, the Cito-Cinema company is a solid Italian film-producing enterprise which is financed by the Italian Bank of Discount and about which there must be a reference at the Financial and Accounting Department of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade.

I consider this business extremely important and urgent,

You are hereby instructed to call at once a conference to examine Comrade Caroti’s proposal, to look into the whole matter and draw up a relevant decision by the Council of Labour and Defence.

Comrade Voyevodin will arrange the conference and report to the CLD on Wednesday, December 7.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars