Telephone Message to Alexei Rykov, July 22, 1921

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 22 July 1921

First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 221b.
Keywords : Alexei Rykov

Send the following telephone message to Rykov;

(Copy to Smolyaninov)

I consider quite correct your decision to authorise the People’s Commissariat for Food to set up a special shop (store) for the sale of foodstuffs (and other things) to foreigners and Comintern visitors. I propose that it should be passed through the CLD and expedited in every way.[1] The shop should be run on strictly commercial lines, with an individual manager. Purchases at the shop should be allowed only to those who arrive from abroad, presenting their special identity cards and consumer drawing cards. I assign Smolyaninov to keep a special check on this matter.



  1. On July 22, 1921, the CLD examined this question and adopted a decision under which all foreign missions and individuals arriving in Russia would be supplied with food at a private distribution centre set up by the People’s Commissariat for Food, when presenting special cards registered at the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs.