V. I.   Lenin


To:   G. I. SAFAROV[1]

Written: Written on December 24, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the text in Lydia Fotieva’s hand.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 418b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Safarov:

Don’t lose your nerve, this is intolerable and shameful, you are not a 14-year-old miss.

I passed your letters on to Sokolnikov, whom I shall recommend in the C.C. for dispatch to Turkestan to sort things out.

I have spoken with Sokolnikov, and have established (entre nous!) his consent to regard the case started against you as absurd.

Don’t lose your nerve.

Carry on your work, and don’t give up any of your duties. You must learn to collect the facts, calmly and purposefully, against those who have started this absurd case.



[1] This is in reply to G. I. Safarov’s letter. In particular, on December 20, 1921, Safarov informed Lenin that, in view of the examination of the material concerning his activity in Turkestan by the Central Control Commission, he had handed in an application to the Party C.C. to the effect that he intended to abstain from any responsible work (at the time Safarov was consultant on Eastern affairs in the Comintern). See also this volume, Document 560.

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