V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written between December 11 and 18, 1921
Published: 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 407b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Kamenev:

I am sending you the letters of Osinsky and Teodorovich to me, of which we spoke today.

Osinsky has not, a shred of “business-like” argument. It is nothing but a case of nerves and a repetition of the mistake of his sacking Muralov.

I strongly object to taking the question to the Politbureau as well, and am writing Osinsky about this. Let him take it to the plenum if he wants to. That is his right.[1]

Please, show this material and my letter to Stalin and Zinoviev, and return them to me.


P. S. I read Teodorovich not the whole of Osinsky’s letter, but only its practical part, as marked off in red ink.


[1] A protest against the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee decision of November 18, 1921, about the conflict in the People’s Commissariat for Agriculture was brought in by N. Osinsky at the Plenum of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee, which, having discussed this question on December 28, confirmed the Politbureau decision by a unanimous vote (with one abstention).

While preparing for the Plenum, Lenin requested a number of documents connected with the state of affairs in the People’s Commissariat for Agriculture (see Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 54, Documents 147 and 148).

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