Letter to the Organising Bureau of the CC, RCP(b), December, not later than 18, 1919

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 18 December 1919

Written in December, not later than 18, 1919
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 317c-318a.
Keywords : Letter, Orgburo


I propose either reprimanding the signatories to this paper (their names, 32 persons, can be learned from their previous paper)[1]


reproving them for their gossip about the policy of the CC, RCP, which is a violation of discipline and an obstacle to organised and harmonious work;

—for, without indicating anything concrete, these people are wasting valuable time and diverting attention from speediest departure to the Ukraine for work there.

The CC calls on them to cease their gossip and project-mongering and get down to work immediately, strictly carrying out the policy and instructions of the CC, RCP


P.S. The signatories must be kept under supervision and distributed separately among business-like personnel. Otherwise there will be squabbling, and not work.

  1. In the autumn of 1919 a group of “federalists”, headed by G. Lapchinsky, P. Popov and Y. Lander, was formed in the Communist Party of the Ukraine. The group took a bourgeois nationalist stand and started factional splitting activities. On December 13, 1919, the federalists called a meeting of 32 of their supporters, at which they declared against the policy of the CC, RCP(b) towards the Ukraine. Popov and Lander signed a statement on behalf of 32 Ukrainian Party functionaries criticising the composition of the Bureau of the CC, CP(b) of the Ukraine and its methods of work, and protesting against Party and administrative functionaries for the Ukraine being mobilised from Russian gubernias.
    On December 18, 1919, the Orgbureau of the CC, RCP(b) examined the declaration of the Ukrainian Party functionaries and decided “to reprimand them because, instead of doing positive work in accordance with the directive of the All-Ukraine Revolutionary Committee and the Bureau of the CC, CP(b) of the Ukraine, they are wasting time and energy in gossip and irresponsible political chicanery, which is a violation of Party discipline....”