First published in part on January 30, 1924 in Leningradskaya Pravda No. 23.
Published in full on January 21, 1925 in Izvestia No. 17.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 89c-90a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I now have with me Comrade Ivan Afanasyevich Chekunov, a very interesting toiling peasant, who is propagating communist principles in his own way.
He has lost his spectacles and paid 15,000 rubles for the trash! Could you help him to get good spectacles?
I earnestly request you to help and ask your secretary to let me know whether you have managed to do so.
 After his talk with I. A. Chekunov, Lenin made the following inscription opposite Chekunov’s name in the margin of the visitors’ register: “This old man has a good head, but is not in the Party because of his religious convictions” (Ogonyok No. 29, July 15, 1962).