Written: September 1, 1921
Published: First published in in 1965 in the Fifth Russian Edition of the Collected Works, Vol. 54. Printed from the manuscript. Translated from the German.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 1st English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1965, Moscow, Volume 42, page 339b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Dear Comrade Varga,
I consider it incorrect to put the question that way (supplying information to the Comintern Executive or to the labour press or to both?).
We need full and truthful information. And the truth should not depend upon whom it has to serve.
We can accept only the division into unofficial information (for the Comintern Executive only) and official information (for everybody).
The former already exists and must exist separately;it must be improved.
The latter, to become good, requires good organisation in the selection of facts without a declaration that “we” are Communists.
If the selection of facts is full, exact and goody then the yellow labour press, too (especially the local and trade union newspapers) will certainly buy and pay for our material. If that does not happen it will be evidence of our poor legal work.
With communist greetings,