V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on January 17, 1922
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 439b-440a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Molotov:

I am applying to the C.C. Secretariat (and if that is not within its competence, then to the Orgbureau) with a request about two comrades:

1) The daughter of Margarita Vasilyevna Fofanova, 15 years old, is afflicted with a grave form of bone tuberculosis. Please have her sent (with her mother, if necessary), to our sanatorium in Riga. Of course, they have no means.

I have known M. V. Fofanova as a vigorous and loyal member of the Bolshevik Party since the summer of 1917. In the autumn of that same year, before the October Revolution, she hid me at her flat in the most dangerous period.

Since the October 1917 Revolution, she has been working hard all the time, without a break. Her daughter’s grave illness is putting a terrible strain on her and upsets her work.[2]

(Fofanova’s address: 4 House of Soviets, 5  Vozdvizhenka, Flat 31.[1] )

2) I request that Nina Kotovich-Sammer, 14 years old, be placed at a model boarding school of the People’s Commissariat for Education.

She should be admitted in the first form of the upper school.

Address: Centrosoyuz hostel, 2/15 Maroseika.

I knew her father, the, late Ivan Adamovich Sammer, very well: an old revolutionary and a Bolshevik. A member of the C.C. even before the first (1905) revolution. He died in the Ukraine in 1920, his health broken by overwork.[3]

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)


[1] The address is in a secretary’s hand.—Ed.

[2] On February 1, 1922, the Secretariat of the R.C.P.(B.) C.C. decided to send Margarita Fofanova’s daughter for treatment abroad, together with her mother if need be.

[3] On January 23, 1922, Lenin was informed by the bureau of the Secretariat of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee that N.  Sammer-Kotovich had been placed in the experimental model school of the People’s Commissariat for Education as a boarder.

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