V. I.   Lenin


To:   D. I. KURSKY

Written: Written in August, not later than 12, 1920
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 414a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Kursky,

Who is it publishes so badly?[1]

Chaos. Even the heading is not clear.

A collection of trivia—and of proclamations.

Who edited it—some stupid person or a saboteur?

The most important legislation in force now, 1920, ought to be published in a similar volume.



[1] This refers to a collection of the decrees in force in 1919. In a letter in reply, Kursky reported that this collection was published under the editorship of Kozlovsky and was a reprint of Sobraniye   uzakonenii za 1919 god (Collected Legislation of 1919), and that another collection of the most important decrees of the R.S.F.S.R. during the three years, 1917–20, was being prepared for the press. On the envelope of Kursky’s letter, Lenin wrote: “For the archives (VIII. 1920). =
[BOX: Re publication of laws
]” (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 444).

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