Louis N Proyect lnp3 at
Tue Jul 25 16:38:53 MDT 1995

Louis Proyect:
The letters that contain these quotes can be found in the appendix to Moshe
Lewin's "Lenin's Last Struggle" (Monthly Review, 1968). Lewin is a
distinguished scholar of Soviet history who should be grouped with E.H.
Carr and Isaac Deutscher on account of his scrupulousness and insight. I
have "Russia/USSR/Russia"--his latest book--on my shelf and I am eager
to read it.

On Tue, 25 Jul 1995, Chris Burford wrote:

> Secretary-General. That is why I suggest that the comrades think about
> a way of removing Stalin from that post and appointing another man in
> his stead who in all other respects differs from Comrade Stalin in
> having only one advantage, namely, that of being more tolerant, more
> loyal, more polite and more considerate to the comrades, less
> capricious, etc. This circumstance may appear to be a negligible
> I am quoting from a pamphlet published by Progress Publishers,
> Moscow, 1964, with text taken from the English edition of Lenin's
> collected works.
> Does anyone know if there is serious reason to think these passages
> aprocryphal?

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