V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on May 21, 1922
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 557c-558.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Secret. Personal

To All People’s Commissars
(to the deputies of those who are absent)

Also to all separate establishments: Central Statistical Board, State Planning Commission, Concessions Committee, People’s Commissariat for Internal Trade under the C.L.D.,   Centrosoyuz, etc., All-Russia Central T.U.C., Comintern, Profintern, etc.

As I am going on holiday for several months, it is my earnest request that you should keep me informed of the most important matters and the fulfilment of the most important decisions, plans, campaigns, etc., as follows:

send me once or twice a month the briefest (not more than 2 or 3 pages) communications on the subject, and give instructions to send me the most important of the current publications by the People’s Commissariat and also the texts of the most important published decrees and drafts. If the People’s Commissar should find it inconvenient to do this work himself, please inform me who specifically (deputy, member of collegium, business manager or secretary, etc.) is to have this duty, instructing that person to maintain regular contacts with my secretary (Fotieva, Lepeshinskaya). Through these same secretaries it is always possible to send inquiries by telegraph or by mail, with the current and urgent inquiries addressed not otherwise than to my deputy (Rykov or Tsyurupa) and only copies sent to me.

21/V. Lenin

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The secretaries will have the duty to watch accurately that this is done, informing me of the incoming publications, not sending in the whole lot, but only the most important ones (the rest—only a list).

Of the Russian newspapers supply regularly Pravda, Izvestia and Ekonomicheskaya Zhizn.

Maintain regular contacts with the Communist International and the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs, asking them to supply the most important foreign publications, especially pamphlets on current questions.

Of the Russian publications abroad send in Nakanune,[1] Sotsial-Demokrat (Menshevik), Zarya (Menshevik), Sovremenniye Zapiski (S.R.), Russkaya Mysl[2] and a list of the other publications, pamphlets and books.


[1] Nakanune (On the Eve)—a newspaper published in Berlin with the participation of the Smena Vekh group (see Note 415).

[2] Russkaya Mysl (Russian Thought)—a journal published in Prague in 1922 under the editorship of P. B. Struve.

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