V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on August 30, 1921 Sent to Novonikolayevsk

Published: First published in 1924 in the magazine Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 3. Printed from a typewritten text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 272b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Concerning the purging of the Party, I shall convey your considerations to the Central Commission for Purging the Party. My opinion is that the first serious experience in purging the Party will give us a number of practical indications which we shall subsequently use to draft the conditions of enrolment. When you have collected enough material, send me a letter with your considerations. Everything that you have reported about the conditions of economic work will be discussed by me in connection with all the material available over here. Your recall from Siberia is apparently to be put off until the work of purging the Party is over.



[1] This document contains Lenin’s reply to a telegram from V. N. Kayurov, who had been appointed chairman of the Commission for Purging the Party in Siberia. The exchange of direct wire telegrams took place on August 30, 1921, when Kayurov said that he doubted the need for purging the Party, and proposed that greater attention should be given to the Communists in day-to-day practical work. At Lenin’s request, the Siberian commission submitted its considerations on this matter to the Central Commission for Purging the R.C.P.(B.).

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