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, page 387a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Copy to Comrade N. P. Gorbunov

It turns out once again that visitors coming to see me are being detained by the guards.[1]

Today, Comrade Sokolnikov, a member of the All-Russia C.E.C., was detained for about 10 minutes as he was coming to see me.

The guard was apparently right when he did not let Sokolnikov use the phone, because, they say, it was a “house phone”. But there is said to be another telephone, and the guard should have let him use that! At any rate, I have repeatedly demanded of the Kremlin Commandant, and insist, that he should make arrangements under which people coming to see me, even if they have no passes at all, should have the possibility to phone through, without the slightest delay, both from the Kremlin gates and from the C.P.C. entrance, to my secretariat and the telephone operators of the second-floor exchange.

I hereby reprove you for neglecting my demands. Once again I propose that you should make all the necessary arrangements right away, installing, in case of need, two additional telephones for visitors (one in the Kremlin gates, and one at the C.P.C. entrance) and reply to me at once. Work out special instructions for those coming to see me.[2]

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.P.C.


[1] See Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 54, Document 54.—Ed.

[2] In connection with this letter, the register of Lenin’s assignments contains the following entry by N. P. Gorbunov on November 28, 1921: “Work out a public instruction on entry into the Kremlin. Fulfilled 14.XII.”

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