Written: Written on September 9, 1921
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 293b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade N. P. Gorbunov:
Please reply to him as follows:
(1) we shall let him have the legal reply soon (the formulation has to be given after verification by agreement with Kursky, Chicherin, Goikhbarg, after very thorough verification, with, perhaps, the help of Vladimirsky as well);
(2) for the atlas, all these republics are to be included: the neighbouring, the friendly, etc., a general formula (for the atlas, for the statistics, and for the geography).
 Written in connection with an inquiry from V. D. Kaisarov, chairman of a special scientific commission for compiling an academic atlas, on the exact definition of the boundaries of the R.S.F.S.R. and its relations with the republics formed within the boundaries of the former Russian empire.