J. T. Murphy

Lenin’s Widow

Source: Workers’ Life, May 27, 1927
Publisher: Communist Party of Great Britain
Transcription/Markup: Brian Reid
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Moscow, May 21

“Pravda” publishes a letter from Krupskaya, Lenin’s widow, and one of the Opposition leaders in 1920. She states that last autumn she parted company with the Opposition, considering that in their criticism they had overshot the mark.

“Fraternal criticism had degenerated into fractional criticism, which the masses took to be directed against the fundamental principles of the Communist Party and the Soviet Government.”

She calls for more restraint in criticism, and for businesslike discussions; above all for the utmost unity in action and complete co-operation.

See also: Krupskaya’s article The Lessons of October, published by the CPGB in The Errors of Trotskyism.