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, page 255a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Trotsky is mistaken: here there are neither whims, nor mischief, nor caprice, nor confusion, nor desperation, nor any “element” of these pleasant qualities (which Trotsky castigates with such terrible irony). What there is, is what Trotsky overlooked, namely, that the majority of the C.C. is convinced that General Headquarters is a “den”, that all is not well at Headquarters, and in seeking a serious improvement, in seeking ways for a radical change it has taken a definite step. That is all.
Moscow, 17/VI. 1919
 This refers to the decision of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.), dated June 15, 1919, on General Headquarters. In a statement to the C.C. Trotsky opposed this decision, which he described as containing “whims, mischief”, etc.