Foul Slander by Ultra-Reactionary Newspapers and Alexinsky
|Written||18 July 1917|
Published in Listok “Pravdy”, July 19 (6), 1917. Published according to the newspaper text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 25, page 162.
Today’s issue of Zhivoye Slovo, an obviously Black Hundred type of paper, carries low, foul slander against Lenin.
Pravda cannot appear because its premises were wrecked by military cadets on the night of July 4-5. This accounts for the delay in publishing a detailed refutation of the foul slander.
For the time being we declare that the Zhivoye Slovo report is slander and that on the night of July 4-5 Chkheidze rang up all the big papers, asking them not to publish slanderous, riot-raising articles. The big papers complied with Chkheidze’s request, and on July 5 none of them published the infamous slander, with the exception of the filthy Zhivoye Slovo.
Alexinsky is so well known as a slanderer that he has not been admitted to the Executive Committee of the Soviet until he rehabilitates himself, i. e., until he redeems his honour.
Citizens! Don’t believe those foul slanderers, Alexinsky and Zhivoye Slovo.
Zhivoye Slovo’s slander is evident at a glance from the following: the paper writes that on May 16 a letter (No. 3719) accusing Lenin was sent to Kerensky from the General Staff. Obviously, Kerensky would have been duty bound to have Lenin arrested Immediately and to order a government investigation, had he for a single moment believed those accusations or suspicions to he serious.