Letter to Vyacheslav Molotov for the Orgbureau and the Politbureau of the RCP(b) CC, January 12, 1922

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 12 January 1922

Dictated by phone on January 12, 1922
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 429b-430a.

Comrade Molotov:

In sending you Comrade Krestinsky’s letter, I propose, for my part, to the Orgbureau, and to the Politbureau on some points, that we resolve:

1. To appoint, by agreement with the People’s Commissariat for Health, one or two doctors to make regular examinations of Sokolnikov, Tsyurupa, and other comrades who have returned after treatment, instructing them to issue their orders in writing concerning the necessary regimen. This to be the personal responsibility of the doctor. Bind him to submit a short report to the CC Secretariat, or, if the CC Secretariat agrees, then to the CPC Secretariat.

2. To impose on some definite person the responsibility for seeing that Sokolnikov abides by the regimen.

3. To bind Tsyurupa to spend three days a week (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) in Kashira at the home of his brother G. D. Tsyurupa, under his supervision, in the sense of complete rest and good nutrition.

4. To place upon Tsyurupa the duty to reduce the amount of his work, in particular, to relieve himself almost entirely from work on commissions, concentrating his activity on supervising the practical execution of some of the most important decisions of the CPC and the CLD

5. To put upon Tsyurupa the duty to limit CPC and CLD sittings to no more than three hours in general.[1]


  1. The Orgbureau of the RCP(b) Central Committee agreed with Lenin’s proposal on the first and second points of the published document, and on January 13, 1922, adopted the following decision: “To instruct the People’s Commissariat for Public Health to appoint one or two doctors to carry out regular examination of all comrades who have returned from abroad. To place the responsibility on the doctor, putting on him the duty to submit a short report to the CPC Secretariat.”
    Points 3, 4 and 5 were agreed by the Politbureau members by phone and were included as a whole in the Politbureau decision of January 18, 1922 (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the CPSU Central Committee). See also this volume, Document 596.