V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after March 12, 1918, but prior to September 1919
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 69b-70a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Maria Fyodorovna,

Unfortunately, my colleagues (in the Council) consider it impossible for me to permit a meeting (bypassing the investigating commission), all the more so since medical aid (in case of illness) is available.

I cannot go against the will and decision of my Council colleagues.

Just now it is absolutely impossible for me to have a talk with you, as I cannot tear myself away. I will write you about the case of the “provocateur and   blackmailer” (obviously he was a blackmailer: Kartashov has long been in prison, I have made inquiries).

I beg you to excuse me.

All the best,


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