V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on February 13, 1922
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 466b-467a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Yenukidze:

From talks and reports here in Moscow, I conclude that there is something like slackness in the Presidium of the All-Russia C.E.C. and its work. This is not surprising, because all its members are loaded with 20 jobs, as is the practice in our “Oblomov”[1] republic.

This tends to strengthen the influence of men like Larin. He is a good fellow—as poet, as journalist, as lecturer. But we are fools to appoint him to legislative work, thereby spoiling and ruining both him and the job.

For Christ’s sake, keep a stricter watch over him. Keep Larin in check. If he has already got somewhere, do not believe any of his plans or projects—do not let any pass without a triple check-up.

See that there is not the usual chaos, when efforts are made to get something through the Presidium of the All-Russia C.E.C. (by means of half-truths) in circumvention of the C.P.C. and the State Planning Commission.

Keep both your eyes peeled, and inform me (or Stalin with Kamenev) in good time.

Two other points:

1) Stalin’s flat. Well, when? What red tape!

2) Lalayants. How is he? If he is going to Siberia, I must give him a letter and arrange a place for him in the car through Sklyansky and Fomin.


P.S. I have just sent you a paper about flats for Strumilin and Ramzin. Please do your Lest about this, get it done, and write me.[2]



[1] The sluggish hero of A. I. Goncharov’s novel of the same name.— Ed.


  to go and fetch his family at the end of March (after the Party Congress). Yenukidze also asked Lenin to see him about the work of the Presidium of the All-Russia C.E.C. Yenukidze later reported that he had written to V. V. Fomin at the People’s Commissariat for Railways about carriage arrangements for Lalayants.

On the first page of Yenukidze’s letter, Lenin wrote: “To Fotieva p. 3”, and on the third page—“check up fulfilment of § 3”, in which he underscored with a double line the words “about flats for Strumilin and Ramzin” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee),

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