V. I.   Lenin


To:   J. V. STALIN

Written: Written on October 20,1921
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 348b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Stalin:

Have a look at this, please, and if possible, inquire from some of the old Party men, Armenians, perhaps. I knew Lalayants from the 1890s on as a Marxist and then a Bolshevik. He is undoubtedly a loyal revolutionary, who must be used despite our political differences.[1]




[1] This was written on Y. I. Vishnyak’s letter to Lenin of September 10, 1921, about I. Kh. Lalayants.

By political differences Lenin meant the following passage in Vishnyak’s letter: “After the liberation of Irkutsk, Comrade Lalayants tried to understand what was taking place in Soviet Russia at the time, and to analyse the R.C.P.’s tactics. He often used to quote to me that part of your report on the agrarian question at the Stockholm Congress, in which you pointed out that a social revolution in the West was the only guarantee against any restoration after the victory of the revolution in Russia. Our state of isolation, the discrepancy between our political strength and the economic foundation, and a number of other questions to which he has not yet found an answer, prevent him from joining the R.C.P.” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

On Vishnyak’s letter is also J. V. Stalin’s reply: “I, too, favour summoning Lalayants for work in Moscow” (Lenin Miscellany XXXV, p. 278).

I. Kh. Lalayants was summoned to Moscow and worked at the People’s Commissariat for Education.

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