Dictated: Dictated by phone on March 10, 1922
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from a text in Natalya Lepeshinskaya’s hand.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 505.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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You told me at one of our latest meetings that you had had a talk with an English merchant about setting up a mixed society for the sale of precious stones, etc.
Please write me a few lines: has this plan produced anything? The same concerning Germany.
Then I ask you to answer this question: can you order from anyone a short (not more than 2 or 3 pages) summary of actual data characterising the development of our foreign trade over the last few months, for instance, over the last 6 months. I would find such a thing extremely necessary for my report at the Party Congress. Here is a rough list of the questions:
The number of trade treaties with other powers, stating the month and year of their conclusion.
The number of mixed societies set up for trade with the capitalists of various nations.
The monthly turnover of exports and imports in pre-war rubles over the last few months.
Orders and imports with a division into foodstuffs and items of industrial equipment.
The number of merchants enlisted by the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade on a commission basis, Russian and foreign separately, etc.
With communist greetings,
 A reference to the forthcoming Eleventh Congress of the R.C.P.(B.).—Ed.
 See present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 283–84.—Ed.