First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 403a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Orlov (the author of an excellent book about the food supply work of the People’s Commissariat for Food) has addressed an unusual request to the C.C.
I am in favour.
Tsyurupa (who knows Orlov personally; I know him by his book) is also in favour.
We must poll the Politbureau members.
If they do not object, we must cable Krestinsky: “C.C. approved Orlov’s plans about his book.”
 N. A. Orlov, author of the book Prodovolstvennaya rabota sovetskoi vlasti (The Soviet Power’s Food Supply Work) (1918), was in charge of the economic department of the journal Novy Mir, which was published by the Soviet embassy in Berlin. Orlov requested permission to write a book, Economic History of Soviet Russia (Research Essay), and to publish it abroad under a penname in several foreign languages. He believed it was better to have the book written not from an openly communist standpoint, but in the tone of an objectively minded non-Party researcher, taking a favourable view of the Soviet power. For, argued Orlov, writing in “a clearly apologetic vein ... fails to produce the desired impression” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).
Lenin’s proposal was adopted by the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee on December 7, 1921.