V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in Pravda No. 92, April 22, 1926. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 473.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Gorbunov,

This Bonch-Bruyevich (no relation, only has the same surname as V. D. Bonch-Bruyevich) is by all accounts a very outstanding inventor. The matter is of immense importance (a newspaper without paper and without wires, for with a loudspeaker and with the receiver which Bonch-Bruyevich has developed in such a way that it will be easy for us to produce hundreds of receivers, all Russia will be able to hear a newspaper read in Moscow).

I particularly ask you:

(1) to follow up this matter specially, calling in Ostryakov and telephoning Nizhni

(2) to get the attached draft decree speedily through the Narrow Council. If unanimity cannot be reached quickly, be sure to prepare it for the Full Council of People’s Commissars for Tuesday, 

(3) to inform me twice a month on the progress of the work.[1]


January 26


[1] The letter was written on a memorandum which P. A. Ostryakov, construction chief of the first radio-telephone station in Moscow, sent to Lenin on January 26, 1921. Ostryakov reported that he was encountering difficulties and asked Lenin to help remove them and endorse the decree Ostryakov had drafted.

On January 27, 1921 the C.P.C. passed a decree on organising full-scale radio-telephone construction. It instructed the People’s Commissariat of Posts and Telegraphs to build stations for two-way radio-telephone communication in Moscow and other centres.

Bonch-Bruyevich, M. A. (1888–1940)—outstanding Soviet radio engineer. In 1916–19 he did research on electronic valves. In 1918 ho took charge of the Nizhni-Novgorod Radio Laboratory.

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