Telegram to the Presidium of the All-Ukraine Conference of Borotbists , March 16, 1920

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 16 March 1920

First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 357b.

The Ukrainian petty-bourgeois nationalist Borotba Party arose in May 1918 after the split in the Ukrainian Socialist-Revolutionary Party. It got its name from the central organ of the party—the newspaper Borotba (Struggle). The Borotbists twice applied to the Executive Committee of the Communist International to be allowed to affiliate to the Communist International. On February 26, 1920, the Communist International by a special decision called on the Borotbists to dissolve their party and merge with the CP(b) of the Ukraine.

Owing to the growing influence of the Bolsheviks among the mass of the peasants and the successes of Soviet power in the Ukraine, the Borotbists at their conference in the middle of March 1920 were compelled to pass a decision to dissolve their party. A decision to admit the Borotbists to membership of the Ukrainian CP(b) was adopted at the Fourth All-Ukraine Conference of the CP(b)U, which took place from March 17 to 23, 1920.

16. III. 1920

Rakovsky, Ukrainian Council of People’s Commissars,

for Blakitny, Presidium of the All-Ukraine Conference

of Borotbists


I thank you for the greetings from the bottom of my heart. Warmest wishes for the success of the conference, particularly for the success of the work that has been begun for merging with the Party of Bolsheviks.