V. I.   Lenin



Dictated: Dictated by phone
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 407c-408a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Molotov:

Please prolong my leave, according to the doctor’s orders for a period up to two weeks (depending on the course of treatment).[1]

I shall attend the C.C. Plenum on some questions, at any rate.[2]

In accordance with the Politbureau decision, I shall give a short report at the Congress of Soviets.[3]




[1] On December 21, 1921, the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee decided: “To take Comrade Lenin’s application into consideration. To prolong his leave to two weeks” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

[2] A reference to the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee Plenum of December 18, 1921, which approved the agenda for the Ninth All-Russia Congress of Soviets, and appointed Lenin as rapporteur   on the first question—the report of the All-Russia C.E.C. and the C.P.C. on domestic and foreign policy of the Republic.

[3] A reference to the following Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee decision of December 8, 1921: “To recognise as necessary the maintenance of absolute quiet for Comrade Lenin and to prohibit his secretariat from, sending him any papers whatever, to enable Comrade Lenin to make a short (say, at least 30-minute) speech at the Congress of Soviets” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

The Ninth All-Russia Congress of Soviets was held from December 23 to 28, 1921. Lenin gave the All-Russia C.E.C. and C.P.C. report on December 23 (see present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 143–77).

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