V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on August 1, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 236b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Myasnikov:

I read your article, which Bukharin passed on to me, only today, and very cursorily.

I should like to have a talk with you. I hope to be in Moscow one of these days and find time for a half-hour talk with you.

The beginning of your article is good and business-like.

But there are some obvious errors in your conclusions.

Perhaps there is some misunderstanding: it looks as if you hare failed to say in the article what you had told N. I. Bukharin. What sort of “freedom of the press” do you want? Under the law? For workers too—S.R.s and Mensheviks? Just now? The article does not make it clear.[1]

Drop me a line.

With communist greetings,


[1] A reference to G. I. Myasnikov’s article “Vexed Questions”, written on July 27, 1921. In a letter to Myasnikov on August 5, 1921, Lenin sharply criticised his views (see present edition, Vol. 32, pp. 504–09).

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