V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on June 11, 1921
Published: Published in full in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. First published in part on October 4, 1931 in Pravda No. 274. Sent to Petrograd. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 185b-186a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Zinoviev



Comrade Zinoviev:

I have just read Kuusinen’s theses and one-half of the article (the report),

I have returned them to him with my remarks.[2]

I do insist that he and he alone ((i.e., not Béla Kun)) should be allowed to give a report at this congress without fail.

This is necessary.

He knows and thinks (was sehr selten ist unter den Revolutionären[1] ).

What needs to be done right away is to find one German, a real one, and give him strict instructions 

to make stylistic corrections at once, 

and dictate the corrected text to a typist.

And at the congress read out for Kuusinen his article– report (tell Kuusinen to complete the second half within three days).

The German will read it out well. The benefit will be enormous.[3]

The question will be posed: and this will be very much more than enough for a start.


P.S. You have not returned to me the copy of my letter to Levi.[4] Do so without fail. If you don’t, I will not makeup.


[1] Which is a great rarity among revolutionaries.—Ed.

[2] A reference to Lenin’s talk with Y. M. Yurovsky on May 16, 1921. See also Note 155.

[3] The report on the organisational question was read out at the Third Comintern Congress by Wilhelm Koenen, a member of the United Communist Party of Germany, on July 10, 1921.

[4] A reference to Lenin’s letter to Clara Zetkin and Paul Levi of April 16, 1921 (see this volume, Document 129).

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