V. I.   Lenin


To:   P. I. POPOV

Written: Written on August 20, 1921
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 260b-261a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Popov:

I am afraid I cannot accept your resignation.

As you are, of course, aware, you are entitled to appeal against my instructions, but your appeal does not suspend the necessity of performance. Please let me have a short list of what you are doing in accordance with my instructions, specifying the dates (roughly, of course, from—to).

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.P.C.

P.S. Certainly, you can and must take sick leave to recover. But in that case write separately to me or, if you want to expedite matters, to Fotieva, and she will read it out to me over the telephone (about the leave and a “deputy”). There must be a formal appointment of a temporary “deputy”.

P.P.S. Let me add that your letter is much too polemical. I do not object to polemics, but it should be brought out specially. You have been arguing against something that I have never said or thought. Your argument implies that I deny the usefulness of what has been done, etc. But I have never said or thought so.

Please inform me of what you are undertaking in accordance with the points of my letters of June 4[1] and August   16[2] (for instance: “brief monthly reports on industry will be delivered from such-and-such a date”, on the distribution of foodstuffs on such a date, etc.).


[1] The letter has not been found.—Ed.

[2] See present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 30–32.—Ed.

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