V. I.   Lenin


To:   G. Y. ZINOVIEV[1]

Written: Written after December 20, 1916
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Filth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Zurich to Berne. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 589.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Regarding Kommunist, it’s not worth arguing any more, seeing that you deny the fact that they insisted to the last on equality and refused to make any change in the Editorial Board. You can’t get away from the facts: (1) equality; (2) Tyszka im Hintergrunde.[2]

I sent the 200 frs.

The Shklovsky scandal makes me furious and worries me.[3] And you wanted to hand all the funds over to him!! Energetic action is called for: he should be told that the money is needed by the New Year, and you should keep at him until he returns it all! What a damned scandal! A real “financial swindle”, and right under our noses.

I agree to your plan for a collective letter to Arbeiterpolitik.

Best regards,

What about the letter to Paris?
Hasn’t Inessa sent it yet?
|| N.B.

P.S. Re “Soviet of Workers’ Deputies” and other material on 1905 please send to me.


[1] This letter was preceded by “Remarks Concerning the Article on Maximalism” (see Collected Works, Fifth [Russian] Ed., Vol. 30, pp. 355–58).—Ed.

[2] In the background.—Ed.

[3] In connection with the “Shklovsky scandal” Zinoviev wrote: = “...Shklovsky is in some sort of crisis and he—without telling us a word—has put all the Party money into circulation! I am sure that he will soon return it. Meanwhile, the situation is such that we haven’t a centime even for postal expenses....”

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