V. I.   Lenin



Dictated: Dictated by phone
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 414b-415a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Zalutsky and Comrade Salts

I have had a letter from Comrade Kasparova-Popova (address: 3 House of Soviets, Flat 63, telephone 58–97). She writes that she is absolutely desperate about her expulsion from the Party, and asks me to intercede with the Central Commission for Purging the Party and request them to make a thorough verification of her case, referring to her brother Slava Kasparov and her husband Popov, who had been sent to the Far East, by Comrade Sverdlov   and was killed there. She writes that, together with her brother, she began to lake an interest in the Party at the age of 14, was a member of school study circles, and joined the Party at the age of 17, doing purely technical work.

I do not know this Kasparova personally, or have forgotten her, but I knew her brother very well abroad, where he was an émigré after the first revolution of 1905, was a member of the Bolshevik organisation, and enjoyed the well-deserved respect of all Bolsheviks with whom I had occasion to meet and who had seen Kasparov work. This Kasparov died in Switzerland before the 1917 revolution (his health being overtaxed by the difficult conditions of émigré life).

I shall try to collect information about anyone who may have known Kasparov’s sister better.

For my part, I request the Central Commission for Purging the Party to verify the case of Comrade Kasparova’s expulsion from the Party.[1]


20.00 hours, December 20, 1921.


[1] Yevgenia Popova (Kasparova) was reinstated in the Party.

On the document there is the following inscription by C.P.C. secretary Natalya Lepeshinskaya: “Vladimir Ilyich earnestly asks Comrades Stalin, Safarov, Zinoviev and Kornblyum urgently to give information about Comrade Kasparova and also to find out who else of the comrades knows her well and what they could say about her.”

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