V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written between May 6 and 10, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 140b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Chicherin:

I think this should go to the press, but only with a commentary in any case, which should be very subtle, otherwise our editors will make a hash of things. Either write such a commentary yourself, or get someone else to do it, but with your supervision.[1]



[1] Written on a press bureau bulletin of May 6, 1921, under a report from the French newspaper L’Echo de Paris of May 1. The author of the item. Dr. Legendre, who had visited the major industrial centres of China and Japan, reported on the situation in the Far East and on the danger of a spread of Bolshevik influence in Eastern Asia.

Sending the bulletin on to G. V. Chicherin, Lenin made this remark: “See p. 2” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

In connection with Lenin’s instructions, Izvestia VTsIK No. 99 of May 10, 1921, carried on article entitled “The Fears of the French Bourgeois in the Far East”.

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