Letter to Alexei Rykov, December 3, 1921

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 3 December 1921

First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 396b-397a.
Keywords : Alexei Rykov, Letter


Dear Alexei Ivanovich:

So the decision on your trip has been taken. It has been passed through the Politbureau.[1] You will have to remain until the second operation and full recovery. I have seen Tsyurupa and have his opinion—an excellent one— about treatment by the Germans. I have no doubt that you will be fully cured (I saw a doctor’s report about you) provided you display just a bit of patience. ———— I am sending you the decision on Tsyurupa and my outline of a plan for the organisation of his work and yours.[2]

The first and second deputies, as you will see from the plan, will have to break new ground. We have decided, for the time being, until your return and the experiment with Tsyurupa, that this plan is not to be turned into a decision. We shall first try it out and check it in practice. Let me know what you think.

Good-bye for the time being, and take your treatment seriously.



  1. A reference to the Politbureau of the RCP(b) Central Committee decision of November 27, 1921, concerning A. I. Rykov’s medical treatment in Germany.
  2. A reference to the Politbureau of the RCP(b) Central Committee decision of December 1, 1921, relieving A. D. Tsyurupa of his post of People’s Commissar for Food and appointing him Second Deputy of the CLD Chairman.
    Lenin outlined the plan for the work of the deputies of the CPC and CLD Chairman in a letter to A. D. Tsyurupa on November 28, 1921 (see present edition, Vol. 42, pp. 365–66).