V. I.   Lenin



Comrade Potyaev

Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 242b-243a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I have been heaping curses on your head for your whining and unbusiness-like attitude. Concerning Meisner, you should have made a formal and written inquiry of Bryukhanov and, given his disagreement, introduced (a copy of his reply) in the C.L.D.

There is no point in dragging it out: this is what helps to spread gossip to which you succumb. You must make use of your rights and stop whimpering. I expect you to let me have your official telephone message about Meisner tomorrow.

Concerning the Party request, table it officially in the Orgbureau, as soon as possible. This has nothing to do with me You can lodge an appeal in the Politbureau.   I have not yet read the “plan”. Set out for me on two pages the differences between N. M. Knipovich and Meisner.[1]

With communist greetings,



[1] N. M. Knipovich, an industrial research specialist, was of the opinion that V. I. Meisner, Head of the Central Administration of the Fishing Industry, was hampering the initiative of other establishments in scientific-industrial research, and that his Administration was conducting an incorrect policy on fisheries. Knipovich said all this in a letter to Lenin on August 6, 1921, on which Lenin made his remarks (see Lenin Miscellany XXIII, pp. 164–67).

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