V. I.   Lenin

Draft Decision of the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) on the Tactics of the United Front

Written: Written December 1, 1921
Published: First published in 1964 in the Fifth Russian Edition of the Collected Works, Vol. 44. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Second Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 367b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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a) That the Line of joint action with the workers of the Second International proposed by a number of Communist Parties of the Communist International and introduced by Zinoviev, Radek and Bukharin be approved. The latter to be directed within two days to set forth this line clearly in a draft resolution to be circulated among the members of the Politbureau.

b) That Comrade Bukharin be directed to write and show the Politbureau an article summing up the experience of the R,C.P. in the Bolsheviks’ struggle against the Mensheviks and the blocs between them.[1]


[1] This draft was written in connection with the discussion by the Politbureau on December 1, 1921, of the question of the tactics of a united workers’ front. Lenin’s proposals were adopted. They formed the basis of the Comintern Executive’s theses “On the United Workers’ Front and the Attitude to the Workers Belonging to the II, II/2 and Amsterdam Internationals, as Well as the Workers Who Support the Anarcho-Syndicalist Organisations”. Lenin’s remarks on the theses (see p. 368 of this volume) were also taken into consideration. The theses were published in the journal The Communist International No. 20 for 1921. The Eleventh All-Russia Conference of the R.C.P.(B.) (December 19-21, 1921) subscribed to these theses. They were discussed and endorsed by the first enlarged plenary meeting of the Comintern Executive (February 21-March 4, 1922) and by the Fourth Congress of the Comintern.

Lenin’s “Notes on the History of the R.C.P.” (see present edition, Vol. 36, pp. 552-54) were made in connection with the proposal that Bukharin should write an article summing up the experience of the R.C.P.(B.)

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