V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in Leningradskaya Pravda No. 209, September 13, 1924. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 460.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrades,

In my opinion, to provide scientists with an extra room for a study, and for a laboratory, in Petrograd (a city exceptionally well off as regards apartments) is really and truly no sin. You should even have taken the initiative yourselves.

I strongly request you to get this thing moving and, if you disagree with me, to be kind enough to drop me a few words immediately, so that I see where the obstacle is.

With communist greetings,
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)

October 21


[1] This letter was written in response to Maxim Gorky’s appeal to the All-Russia Commission for Improving Scientists’ Living Conditions,   in which he mentioned certain cases when scientific workers had been obliged to share too large a part of their flats with new tenants. Gorky was then chairman of the Petrograd branch of the Commission.

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