V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on December 22, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 417b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Sokolnikov:

I am sending you this secretly.[2]

I think that Safarov is right (partially, at any rate).

I earnestly request you to examine this objectively to prevent any squabble, quarrel or revenge from spoiling the work in Turkestan.

Write me a couple of words.[3]




[1] By a Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) C.C. decision of October 14, 1921, G. Y. Sokolnikov was appointed Chairman of the Turkestan Bureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee and the Turkestan Commission of the All-Russia C.E.C. and the R.S.F.S.R. Council of People’s Commissars.

[2] A reference to G. I. Safarov’s letter to Lenin about distortions of the Party’s national policy in Turkestan. On December 22, 1921, the Politbureau set up a commission to examine the question of Turkestan affairs. See this volume, Documents 306, 383 and 562.

[3] On December 24, 1921, G. Y. Sokolnikov informed Lenin about the charges levelled against G. I. Safarov and his opinion of the case. A copy of Sokolnikov’s letter with Lenin’s remarks was sent out to members of the Politbureau.

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