V. I.   Lenin

Draft Decision for the Politbureau

(On Chicherin’s Motion that Krasin be Temporarily Recalled and Krasin’s Invited Opinion)

Written: Written November 29, 1920
Published: First published in 1965 in the Fifth Russian Edition of the Collected Works, Vol 54. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 229b.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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In regard to the proposal of the People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs that Krasin’s Mission be temporarily recalled from Britain[1] as a means of bringing pressure to bear on the British Government, the Politbureau makes no immediate decision on this matter arid invites Krasin to give his opinion urgently. There is no question of a break with Britain, but merely that of pressure, for it is clear that Churchill, Curzon & Co. are dragging their feet and deceiving u, therefore, a temporary departure may prove very useful and intensify agitation by the Councils of Action.[2]


[1] L. B. Krasin headed the Soviet delegation sent to negotiate a trade agreement with the British Government.

[2] Councils of Action were set up in August 1920 by the British workers to prevent Britain making war on Soviet Russia. The Communist Party of Great Britain was largely instrumental in getting these councils organised. The councils campaigned for Britain’s recognition of Soviet Russia and the establishment of normal relations between the two countries. The Politbureau of the CC., R.C.P.(B.) adopted Lenin’s Motion. See also pp. 232-33 of this volume.

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