V. I.   Lenin


To:   A. EKK

Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 47. Sent from Paris to London. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 234.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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23/II. 10

Dear Comrade,

I have read your letter. I recall our joint work in London. I recall that at that time (or a little later) I heard with one ear about the commission on your case.[1]

That such an affair should drag out for nearly three years is in my opinion really outrageous, and I quite appreciate your indignation. What is to be done? As far as I can judge, it is necessary to apply officially to the C.C. of the R.S.D.L.P. and specifically to its organ abroad, the Bureau Abroad of the C.C. (address the same; inside—for the Bureau Abroad of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P.). I think the best thing would be for me to forward your letter to them. If you agree, I can do it.

If you would like first to try to push the matter through members of the Chief Executive, you had best apply to Yuzef (for you do not suspect him of any partiality). And that should be done at once. Send him a letter (by registered post) addressed both to the Chief Executive and to the Polish Social-Democrat member of the Editorial Board of the Central Organ (also care of Kotlyarenko; inside: for member of the Editorial Board of the C.O. from the P.S.D.). If this is done quickly, I believe you ought to be able to get an answer and advice from Yuzef.

The permanent organ abroad of the C.C., i.e., the C.C. Bureau Abroad, can (and should) put an end to the affair. The Russian C.C. would in my view be physically unable to do so. How the Polish Chief Executive could have dragged it out so long and disobeyed its own Congress is more than I can understand!

With S.D. greetings,
N. Lenin


[1] A. Ekk (Mukhin) was accused of unseemly behaviour. The case was examined in 1909 by a special commission which found that there was “no grounds for bringing Ekk before a Party court”. Ekk was not informed of this decision; in reply to an inquiry ad dressed to F. E. Dzerzhinsky (Yuzef), he received an answer dated March 9, 1910, that the C.C. of the Party had “endorsed the decision of the commission as it stood”. Later, however, the   Ekk case was reopened; the last commission was unable to complete the investigation in view of the outbreak of the First World War.

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