Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Notes to the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) with Draft Decisions

Dictated: (See below.)
Published: (See below.).
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 413c-414.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala and D. Walters
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Comrade Molotov, please put this article and my following proposals to the vote of the Politbureau by sending them round to the members.

1. That there is no objection to having this article of Lenin’s published in Izvestia and Pravda on Tuesday.

2. That directives be given to the Soviet and Party press to appraise the Berlin agreement from this angle, and to dwell at special length on the factual existing links between the S.R.s and Mensheviks, the Right wing of both these parties, and the international bourgeoisie.

3. That the publication for the said purpose in all European languages of Savinkov’s pamphlet Fighting the Bolsheviks and of S. Ivanovich’s pamphlet The Twilight of Russian Social-Democracy should be speeded up and a detailed account given of how these pamphlets prove the real ties that exist between the Right-wing Mensheviks and S.R.s and international reaction.

4. That Comrade Trotsky be directed to see to it that these and similar materials are published in all languages with appropriate comments as quickly as possible.

5. That Comrade Radek be asked by wire to return to Moscow as soon as possible with the full minutes of the Berlin Conference.

6. That Comrade Bukharin shall be forbidden to return to Russia until he has completed his cure.


_DICTATED_ Dictated over the telephone April 9, 1922 _FIRST_PUBLISHED_ First published in 1964 in the Fifth Russian Edition of the Collected Works, Vol. 45 _PRINTED_FROM_ Printed from the secretary’s notes (typewritten copy)


Comrade Stalin for the Politbureau

In view of Comrade Zinoviev’s proposal, I now vote for not having Radek called back, but asking instead for all the detailed minutes of the Berlin Conference to be forwarded through the diplomatic mail.

I object most emphatically to Bukharin˜s coming here, as this will needlessly interfere with his medical treatment.[1]


_DICTATED_ Dictated over the telephone April 10, 1922 _FIRST_PUBLISHED_ First published in 1964 in the Fifth Russian Edition of the Collected Works, Vol. 45 _PRINTED_FROM_ Printed from the secretary’s notes (typewritten copy)


[1] The Politbureau adopted Lenin’s motion on April 12, 1922.

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