V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 310a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Zinoviev

Copy: To Radek
” To Rakosi
” To Pravda secretary


Pravda has started to publish reports about the collections by foreign workers in aid of the starving in Russia.[1] That is not the kind of reports we need. What you have is a story. We have no paper for “stories” and no time to read them. They are quite useless.

What we need is very short tables twice a month on the following lines:

Germany — 10 million marks=about ( ) gold rubles Austria — 10 ” kronen—about ( ) gold rubles Total——— about ( ) gold rubles

This will take 20 or 30 lines twice a month. That is not much.

That is the only thing we need. A total in gold rubles. I very strongly request you to do this and let me know.

With communist greetings,
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)


[1] The collection of funds among foreign workers in aid of the starving in Russia was started after the “Appeal to the International Proletariat”, which Lenin wrote on August 2, 1921 (see present edition, Vol. 32, p. 502). In reply to this letter Mátyás Rakosi, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Communist International, wrote Lenin on September 27, 1921, that his proposal was “taken into consideration and would be implemented” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

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