V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on March 31, 1921
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 111b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Chicherin:

I fully agree with you.[1] Draft or have someone draft such a circular (could it include the whole of Narimanov’s speech, or at least its recommendation—this is worse than the whole).

Motion this in the C.C.

It is necessary.



[1] A reference to Chicherin’s letter to the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee, received by Lenin, in which Chicherin proposed that a special circular, urging the need for tact and care not to offend the Moslems’ religious feelings in conducting anti-religious propaganda, should be sent to the Party organisations of the republics and regions with a Moslem population. Chicherin referred to a speech by N. N. Narimanov as a model of the tactful approach to Moslems. In Chicherin’s letter Lenin underscored the passages proposing the publication of the circular and characterising Narimanov’s speech (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

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