V. I.   Lenin

Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Zagorsky Workers’ Palace. May 1, 1920

Newspaper Report

Delivered: May 1, 1920
Published: Izvestia No. 94, May 4, 1920 and Pravda No. 95, May 5, 1920. Printed from the text of the newspaper Pravda.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 190a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Comrade Lenin devoted his short speech to reminiscences of Comrade Zagorsky, whom he had met abroad, where the deceased had lived as a political emigrant in 1907 and when Lenin visited the workers’ circles of comrades living abroad and circles of Russian emigrants to read lectures and reports. Already in those days Comrade Zagorsky, who was secretary of the Geneva group of Bolsheviks, impressed one as being an energetic, clever man and a good organiser devoted heart and soul to the cause of the Party. When Zagorsky returned to Moscow in 1918 he threw himself into Party work and was shortly elected secretary of the Moscow organisation, at which honourable post he died during the explosion in Leontievsky Pereulok.[1]


[1] This refers to a bomb explosion in the building of the Moscow Committee of the Party in Leontievsky Pereulok. The bomb was thrown by Left Socialist-Revolutionaries on September 25, 1919.

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