V. I.   Lenin


To:   THE C.C., R.C.P.

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, 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).[1] 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


[1] 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.

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