V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 381c-382a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Molotov
Comrade Rakovsky
Comrade “Semyon” (Schwarz) of the All-Russia
Miners’ Union C.C.  
Comrade Pyatakov
{{ in Donbas }}
Comrade Rukhimovich

Dear Comrade:

I enclose Comrade Remeiko’s pamphlet.[1]

You need only run your eye over a page and a half (13 and 14) to see the gist of the matter: struggle and squabbling in Donbas.

To the conflicts and disagreements between Pyatakov and Rukhimovich are added the disagreements between Remeiko (and the comrades he names on p. 14) and Pyatakov and Kalnin.

These discords and dissensions in Donbas, which is our fortress, are highly dangerous.

Please, have a look through the pamphlet (or the two pages, 13 and 14, which is quite enough) and write me at least a couple of words on the measures which could (and should) be taken to eliminate discords and frictions in Donbas.[2]

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.P.C.


[1] A reference to a pamphlet by Y. Remeiko, a member of the Presidium of the C.C. of the Mineworkers’ Union, entitled Decisions of the Tenth Congress of the R.C.P., the Trade Union and the Donbas Workers (Report). MS, published in Moscow in November 1921.

[2] The differences between executives in Donbas were discussed at several sittings of the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee.

On November 26 and 27, 1921, the Politbureau outlined a number of measures to ensure normal relations between and efficient work by executives in Donbas.

On December 22, 1921, the Politbureau approved the decision by the Central Committee of the Communist Party (Bolsheviks) of the Ukraine, dismissing Pyatakov from the post of Chairman of the Central Board of the Coal-Mining Industry, and appointing V. Y. Chubar instead. The Politbureau’s decision was confirmed by a plenary meeting of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee on December 28, 1921.

Lenin spoke of the differences in Donbas in his political report of the C.C. to the Eleventh Congress of the Party (see present edition, Vol. 33, pp. 296–99).

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