V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on October 15, 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 339b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Uglanov:

I am sending this to you and Komarov secretly.

Bear in mind that this has been decided before the arrival of the commission of Kamenev + Orjonikidze + Zalutsky and independently of them. The Petrograd Gubernia Cheka is no use, it is not up to the mark, it is not clever. We have to find better men.[1]

With communist greetings,


[1] Written on an extract from the minutes of the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee of October 14, 1921, on the Petrograd Gubernia Cheka. Having heard I. S. Unschlicht’s report about the unsatisfactory composition of the Petrograd Gubernia Cheka, the Politbureau decided: “To authorise Comrade Unschlicht, together with the Orgbureau, to submit for approval to the Politbureau, within three clays, a list of candidates for heads of the Petrograd Cheka” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

About the Kamenev, Orjonikidze and Zalutsky commission see Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Edition, Vol. 53, Document 361.

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