V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXI. Sent to Petrograd. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 168b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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3. XII. 1918

Copy to the Chairman
of the Petrograd Section of the Vecheka[1]

Comrade Zinoviev,

Comrade Karl Moor, a Swiss, has sent me a long letter asking for Palchinsky to be set free on the grounds that he is a prominent technician and organiser, author of many books, etc. I have heard and read about Palchinsky as having been a speculator, etc., during Kerensky’s time.

But I do not know whether there is now any evidence against Palchinsky? Of what kind? Is it serious? Why has the amnesty law not been applied to him?[2]

If he is a scientist, a writer, could he not—if there are serious charges against him—be given special treatment (for example, house arrest, a laboratory, etc.).

Please reply to me immediately in writing.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.P.C.


[1] All-Russia Extraordinary Commission.—Ed.

[2] This refers to the decision of the Extraordinary Sixth All-Russia Congress of Soviets granting an amnesty to certain categories of prisoners, adopted on the proposal of the C.P.C. on November 6, 1918 (see the collection Syezdy Soveto v RSFSR i avtonomnykh respublik RSFSR, Vol. I, 1959, pp. 89–90).

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