V. I.   Lenin



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 320b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Gorbunov:

Please have this letter sent to Comrade Kuibyshev (member of the S.E.C. Presidium) and arrange with him and let him have our stenographer to enable him to dictate to her by phone.

Comrade Kuibyshev:

You saw at the C.L.D. yesterday[1] how Rutgers was levelling charges against us and you specifically. This is a very important matter. It will undoubtedly be publicised internationally. That is why special care should be taken to keep a record of the case, to prevent any gossip and distortions in the future.

I very earnestly request you to write down or dictate to our stenographer (this will save some of your time) all the developments in this matter, especially what you told me on the phone about Rutgers’s incredible behaviour, his rapid change of terms, etc.

Of course, we shall not show this to anyone, for the time being, but there is need to make provision immediately, just in case.

The matter has also been raised in the C.C. We shall have to give exact and full information both to the C.C. and the Red International of Trade Unions. Comrade Gorbunov will make the arrangements for you with the telephone operator, etc.

With communist greetings,


[1] The document is dated by Lenin September 30, 1921. The C.L.D. meeting, said here to have been held the previous day, was also held on September 30. Lenin must have written the document late at night on September 30, expecting the letter to V. V. Kuibyshev to be sent only on October 1. A typewritten copy of this letter, dated October 1, 1921, is at the Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee.

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