V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on June 11, 1921
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Filth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 52. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 184b-185a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Molotov:

All the workers of the Party’s centre and I myself knew Suren Spandaryan in 1908 and 1909. He was a very valuable and prominent worker. Stasova and possibly the Caucasians (perhaps Yenukidze as well) should know him. Suren’s father was receiving our help in Paris in 1910 and 1911 at Suren’s request.[1]

I propose to the C.C. Secretariat:

1) have the enclosed letter translated[2];

2) make inquiries from Stasova and Yenukidze and others who had known Suren and his father (if the Secretariat should recognise the additional inquiry to be necessary); inquire about dispatch to Tiflis;

3) authorise Bagotsky (Red Cross?) in Switzerland or Klyshko in London to write to Suren’s father and give him monetary help by reason of his being the father of a prominent revolutionary.[3]

With communist greetings,


[1] See present edition, Vol. 43, Document 235.—Lenin

[2] A letter from Spandar Spandaryan, the father of Suren Spandaryan, written in Armenian. Spandaryan asked Lenin and Kamenev to give him material assistance and help him return home from Paris. Spandaryan’s request was also set out in a covering letter from B. Mirimanyan, on which Lenin wrote the document here published.

[3] A reference to the resolution of the Fourth All-Russia Congress of Trade Unions entitled “Rating Policy” (see Rezolutsii IV Vserossiiskogo syezda profsoyuzov (18–25 maya 1921 goda) (Resolutions of the Fourth All-Russia Congress of Trade Unions (May 18–25, 1921), Moscow, 1921, pp. 20–21).

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