V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written between April 9 and 21, 1921
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 119c-120a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Molotov:

Unless my memory fails me, I believe the newspapers carried a C.C. letter or circular about May Day, which   said: expose the falsehood of religion, or something to that effect.

That is not right. It is tactless. Just because it is the Easter holiday, we should recommend something quite different

not to expose the falsehood, 

but absolutely to avoid any affront to religion.

We should issue an additional letter or circular.[1] If the Secretariat does not agree, then in the Politbureau.



[1] In addition to an earlier circular, the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee published a letter in Pravda on April 21, 1921, urging that in celebrating May Day “nothing should be done or said to offend the religious feelings of the mass of the population”.

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