First published in part in German on January 27, 1924 in the newspaper Vorwärts (Reichenberg) No. 23.
Published in full in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 53.
First published in Russian in part in 1924 in the book, Lenin v svete inostrannoi pechati (Lenin in the Light, of the Foreign Press).
Printed from the original.
Translated from the German.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 203b-204a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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To Comrade Zinoviev, with a request to communicate the following to the members of yesterday’s Commission:
I have been informed that what I said in the Commission yesterday against—rather, against some—Hungarian Communists has aroused dissatisfaction. I hasten therefore to intern you in writing: when I was an émigré myself (for more than 15 years), I took “too Leftist” a stand several times (as I now realise). In August 1917, I was also an émigré and moved in our Party Central Committee a much too “Leftist” proposal which, happily, was flatly rejected. It is quite natural for émigrés frequently to adopt attitudes which are “too Leftist”. It has never entered my mind, now or in the past, to impute this to such fine, loyal, dedicated and worthy revolutionaries as the Hungarian émigrés, who are so much respected by all of us, and by the whole Communist International.
With communist greetings,
 A reference to Lenin’s speech on the Czechoslovak question on July 6, 1921, in the commission on tactics at the Third Congress of the Comintern.
 It has been impossible to ascertain the subject.