V. I.   Lenin


To:   G. Y. ZINOVIEV[1]

Written: Written on May 3, 1921
Published: First published in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Sent to Petrograd. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 137b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Zinoviev:

This shows that Trotsky is in a highly scrappy mood. Shatunovsky’s pamphlet is pure twaddle. Return this to me with a note about your decisions and plans on this matter.[2]

3/V. Lenin


[1] Written on L. D. Trotsky’s letter, in which, replying to Lenin’s letter of April 30, 1921 (see this volume, Document 146), he tried to stand up for Shatunovsky’s pamphlet, White Coal and Revolutionary Petrograd. Lenin made a number of remarks on Trotsky’s letter (see Lenin Miscellany XX, pp. 208–09).

[2] In reply to Lenin’s inquiry, G. Y. Zinoviev informed him on May 5 about the decision to suspend construction on the Svir, concentrating all the efforts on completing the operations on the Utkina Zavod sector in 1921, and not stopping construction on the Volkhov under any circumstances.

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