Written: Written on May 13, 1922
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 546c.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Krasin, Chicherin and Vorovsky
I attach enormous importance to such a treaty. I think we should offer the Italians a coal price lower than that which they pay to their usual suppliers. Please speed up reply.
 See Document 733 of this volume.—Ed.
 This is an addition, headed “From Lenin”, to the telegram signed by A. I. Rykov. Rykov reported the difficulties in transporting coal from Donbas because of a shortage of rolling stock and locomotives and the bad state of the railway tracks. He asked that measures should be taken to conclude an agreement with Italian companies for the sale of coal to them at favourable prices.