V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 452b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Chicherin:

Do you remember sending me Sun Yat-sen’s letter?

The one in which he said something about his friendship for me, and you asked me whether I knew him?

Was the letter addressed to you or to me?[1]

Have you got it in the archives? and my reply with your inquiry?

If you do, could you send it to me (addressed to Fotieva)?

If not, what do you remember about it?

With communist greetings,


[1] A reference to Sun Yat-sen’s letter of August 28, 1921, addressed to G. V. Chicherin, informing him of the situation in China, and of Sun’s election to the post of President of the National Government. He ended by saying: “I am taking a great interest in your cause, especially in the organisation of your Soviets, your Army and education. I should like to know everything you and others may tell me about these things, especially about education. Like Moscow, I should like to lay the foundations of the Chinese Republic deep in the minds of the young generation—the toilers of the morrow.

With best wishes to you, to ray friend Lenin and to all those who have done so much for the cause of human freedom” (see Bolshevik No. 19, 1950, pp. 46–48). Having sent on this letter to Lenin on November 6, 1921. Chicherin asked him whether he was personally acquainted with Sun Yat-sen. Lenin replied the next day, saying that they had never met, and that until then they had not corresponded.

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