V. I.   Lenin

Draft Decision for the C.P.C. on

Written: November 16, 1920
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 227b.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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A commission composed of Comrades Lenin, Milyutin, Kursky, Lezhava and Sereda to be directed within a week[1] to revise and edit that part of the draft on concessions which is suitable for publication abroad, namely, first, the general decision, as a matter of principle, to grant concessions; second, a brief outline of the general economic and legal conditions for concessions; third, a list of, concession objects with a sufficiently clear description of the economic significance of each object.[3]


[1] The text from the word “composed” to the word “week” is in the handwriting of L. A. Fotieva.—Ed.

[2] In the interests of the country’s speedy economic rehabilitation and in order to establish peaceful business relations with the capitalist countries the Soviet Government considered it possible to grant concessions to foreign companies. On October 30, 1920, Speaking of the Second Congress of the Communist International and the First Congress of the Peoples of the East, Lenin pointed out: “These were international congresses which united the Communists and showed that in all civilised countries and in all the backward countries of the East, the banner of Bolshe- vism, the programme of Bolshevism, the line of Bolshevik action are an emblem of salvation, an emblem of struggle to the workers of all civilised countries and the peasants of all the backward colonial countries. They showed that, during thc-. past three years, Soviet Russia not only beat off those who fell upon her in order to throttle her, but won the sympathy of the working people of the whole world ...” (see present edition, Vol. 31, pp. 329-30), p. 218

[3] This draft was adopted by the plenum of the C.C. at its evening session, November 10, 1920, on the report of Comrade Artyom (F. A. Sergeycv), “On Enlisting the Co-operation of Legion Unions to Control Execution of Our Orders”.

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