V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on January 18, 1921
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 70c-71a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Gorbunov,

1) Concerning your note on the secretariat. Let’s discuss it when we meet. Don’t start for the time being.

2) I enclose Shklovskaya’s letter. Request: read and telephone the C.C. (secretaries) and the People’s   Commissariat for Foreign Affairs, saying that / ask them to meet her request. I know the family, they will not survive in Russia at present.[2]

3) Concerning the electric lighting at Gorki[1] : I have also received an application from the village of Siyanovo (has it been passed on to you?). Let the person concerned have a look at it, although it is far. Are you speeding up the whole business?

4) Please find out, without taking any steps until we meet, whether anything is being done anywhere (C.C., Telegraph Agency of Russia, People’s Commissariats, etc.)

α) regular press cuttings,

β) pasting up of cuttings for reference system.

If something is being done, have a look and tell me how.

If not, let us discuss how to start this business when we meet.



[1] See Document 41 of this volume.—Ed.

[2] In a letter to Lenin of January 14, 1921, Dvosya Shklovskaya (G. L. Shklovsky’s wife) wrote that since their return to Russia from exile abroad in October 1920, she herself and her children especially were constantly unwell and could not adapt to local conditions. She asked Lenin for help in having Shklovsky sent to work abroad to enable his family to go with him.

On her letter, Lenin wrote: “Comrade Gorbunov. This is a fair request; I earnestly ask you to meet it In Russia, this family will not survive. Lenin. Please make a note of the address. Send on to Krestinsky” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee). On the question of Shklovsky’s departure for abroad, see this volume, Documents 44, 72 and 196 and Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 52, Documents 138, 139, 250, 284, 314, 407, 408, 409, 424, 406.

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