Written: Written in May, after 5, 1920
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 373b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I propose a directive that all articles about Poland and the Polish war be vetted by editors-in-chief on their personal responsibility. We must not overdo it, i.e., not descend to chauvinism, always draw a line between the Polish landowners and capitalists and the Polish workers and peasants.
 Written on Y. A. Preobrazhensky’s letter to Lenin suggesting that “a stop be put to the disgusting ‘patriotism’”, and mentioning a speech of Radek’s “about a ‘national’ war” and a chauvinist article by Bergman in Agitrosta. Preobrazhensky asked to be allowed to give appropriate directives to the editors of newspapers, especially provincial ones. To Preobrazhensky’s request, Lenin answered: = “I am wholly in favour”, and he proposed the directive reproduced here.