V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on October 12, 1921
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 53. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 334a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Rukhimovich:

Stalin tells me that you have taken strong offence at my letter.[1]

You are quite wrong to take this attitude, I had not the slightest intention of being offensive.

I had to swear because I took your ideas in earnest. I personally made a call yesterday about it to Ramzin (a first-class, arid most honest scientist) and Smilga. Smilga promised me to call a commission: Bazhanov + Ramzin + yourself.

You must know how to fight instead of taking too modest an attitude as you are doing.

I have not shown anyone my letter to you.

Make the best preparation you can for the commission; and if you are voted down, let me have your “minority opinion” precisely and clearly stated.[2]

With communist greetings,


[1] See previous document.—Ed.

[2] In a report to Lenin on October 13, 1921, M. L. Rukhimovich described the results of the work by the C.L.D. commission set up to decide on the matters arising from the revival of the coal industry in Donbas.

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