Arrested in February 1937, Bukharin was charged with conspiring to overthrow the Soviet state. unknown letters and any documents related to his activities. The thesis would become a hallmark of Stalinism. Bukharin was shot on 15 March 1938 at the Kommunarka shooting ground, but the announcement of his death was overshadowed by the Nazi Anschluss of Austria. Edvard Radzinsky and Dmitry Volkogonov both wrote massive biographies of Stalin in the following version of this letter: After Stalin�s death a note from Tito was found in Stalin�s desk among / other 11Unknown Stalin, pp. paper in order to write a last letter to Stalin. only part of the story which we can independently check, we are forced to conclude that it Fevral� 1956 � nachalo 80-kh godov. relates this story. ���. Woodstock & NY: The Overlook Press, 2004, p. 309. But no one has ever located them. With Grigori Sokolnikov, Bukharin convened the 1907 national youth conference in Moscow, which was later considered the founding of Komsomol. �.392�393. This new theory stated that socialist gains could be consolidated in a single country, without that country relying on simultaneous successful revolutions across the world. The textual differences in the Russian original are even more striking. . The Last Years. The first was Lenin�s letter of 1923 demanding that Stalin in exile, to continue cultural and intellectual work. … If he �.114. The short note began with the words, Snegov, who could only remember three of them to the including in Stalin�s desk. When I read Arthur Koestler's "Darkness at Noon" . in any scholarship about Tito at all. However, Bukharin refused to back-down, but agreed to refrain from making speeches or writing articles on this subject in fear of being accused of dividing the party. He compared Bukharin's situation to that of the great chemist Antoine Lavoisier who was guillotined during the French Revolution: "We in France, the most ardent revolutionaries... still profoundly grieve and regret what we did. The two sentences quoted are in this letter. 667–68. Since the "Snegov" story is wrong about Lenin�s letter of March 5 1923, the his run of the archives, access to anything he wanted or could locate. whether such a document ever existed at all. We�ve also seen how Medvedev�s story about "Bukharin�s last relevant passage reads: Bukharin remained calm. all by the intellectually irresponsible way in which they handled the tale of the Stalin have been kept in an �. The author of this letter, a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, requests a theoretical grounding of the March 7 [1934] decree of the USSR Central Executive Committee on [the institution of] criminal liability for sodomy. � �. plea" was one. have seen above, he "quotes" the "note" differently at different known, Khrushchev quoted Lenin�s letter to Stalin � really of March 5, 1923, not � disagree. [44], According to Zhores and Roy Medvedev in The Unknown Stalin (2006), Bukharin's last message to Stalin stated "Koba, why do you need me to die? Leninism attached to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union � The letter was found hidden in Stalin’s desk following his death 15 years later.) It was his last message from Lenin and it was the most wounding. Following the trial and execution of Zinoviev, Kamenev, and other leftist Old Bolsheviks in 1936, Bukharin and Rykov were arrested on 27 February 1937 following a plenum of the Central Committee and were charged with conspiring to overthrow the Soviet state. historian Roy Medvedev. Medvedev also quotes Lenin�s letter to Stalin of March 5, 1923, but he cites it from Press, 1985). Both are preserved About us. Military-style boots and blue the Medvedevs� book in 1980 nobody else had ever heard of either of them at all.16 pre-execution letter from Bukharin all his life in one of the drawers of his desk along Nikolai Bukharin was born on September 27 (October 9, new style), 1888 in Moscow. The sole copies.� The answer by J.V. Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin[a] (9 October [O.S. . "documents found in Stalin�s desk" are mentioned in Roy Medvedev�s article International supporters of Bukharin, Jay Lovestone of the Communist Party USA among them, were also expelled from the Comintern. account of the period from a communist point of view. Throughout the next few days he hardly went anywhere. important papers. This page was last edited on 6 January 2021, at 16:33. For the Russian anarchist, see, Friendship with Osip Mandelstam and Boris Pasternak. The rebuttal of Stalin … Yet Bukharin played to Stalin's strength by maintaining the appearance of unity within the Party leadership. Stalin is false. As a young man, he spent six years in exile working closely with fellow exiles Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky. Instead, they try mightily to make it serve as "evidence" for Like the fictional Rubashov, Bukharin was a senior … ���.� Nikolai Bukharin was an eminent Marxist theoretician before the Revolution and one of its architects. 3 One of the present authors has demonstrated that virtually every single supposed informed the world of this "Tito letter to Stalin" in 1990. Even after his fall, Bukharin still did some important work for the party, for example, helping write the soviet 1936 constitution. His confessions were somewhat different from others in that while he pleaded guilty to the "sum total of crimes," he denied knowledge when it came to specific crimes. and proposal to achieve socialism "at snail's pace" left him vulnerable to attacks first by Zinoviev and later by Stalin. By age twenty, he was a member of the Moscow Committee of the party. 1, �. Also, while in Vienna in 1913, he helped the Georgian Bolshevik Joseph Stalin write an article, "Marxism and the National Question," at Lenin's request. �������� ��� ������� 7 ����� ������ ����� �������� ��� �.�. Medvedev�s practice archives, then surely the other two documents would have been put into the archives too. Tr. His primary contributions to economics were his critique of marginal utility theory, his analysis of imperialism, and his writings on the transition to communism in the Soviet Union.[49]. September 2, 1992, p. 3. as historian is generally sloppy. note from Tito: Stalin: stop sending people to kill me. Bukharin's Last Letter to Stalin: "Documents: A last letter to Stalin") is a real, non-fiction, archival document. �� .5/III-23 �. He wrote letters to Stalin pleading for forgiveness and rehabilitation, but through wiretaps of Bukharin's private conversations with Stalin's enemies, Stalin knew Bukharin's repentance was insincere.[22]. a last letter to Stalin. later enlisted his aid when preparing the secret speech on the �cult of personality� All of these accounts are most likely fictitious even [13] Even as he was uncompromising toward Russia's battlefield enemies, he also rejected any fraternization with the capitalist Allied powers: he reportedly wept when he learned of official negotiations for assistance. satisfaction when re-reading it? � �.���������. Lenin and the answer of J.V. Amis writes that Bukharin said "during the Civil War he had seen 'things that I would not want even my enemies to see'. official envelope of the Directorate of the Sovnarkom [Council of People�s Commissars], Edvard Radzhinsky's Stalin biography is not entirely reliable, but quotes extensively from Bukharin's prison letters to Stalin. GF] f.2, op.1, d. 26004; secretary s entry, typewritten text, V.I. He mentioned neither it nor the other two on Stalin�s personal library in Vestnik RAN No. He stayed in Germany for a year before visiting Kraków (now in Poland) in 1912 to meet Vladimir Lenin for the first time. It all confirms Bukharin�s them with a bomb and another with a rifle � If you don�t stop sending killers, I�ll The Soviet Communist Party Reconsidered, 1933-1938 (New York and Cambridge: Having helped Stalin achieve unchecked power against the Left Opposition, Bukharin found himself easily outmaneuvered by Stalin. It is said that this letter was found not in the NKVD archives, but in Stalin's desk after Stalin's death. [17] However, prompted by a grain shortage in 1928, Stalin reversed himself and proposed a program of rapid industrialization and forced collectivization because he believed that the NEP was not working fast enough. [15] In the subsequent power struggle among Leon Trotsky, Grigory Zinoviev, Lev Kamenev and Stalin, Bukharin allied himself with Stalin, who positioned himself as centrist of the Party and supported the NEP against the Left Opposition, which wanted more rapid industrialization, escalation of class struggle against the kulaks (wealthier peasants), and agitation for world revolution. Snegov claimed Lenin�s letter was in Stalin�s desk, though we know it was not. demanded that Stalin apologize for his abusive manner towards Krupskaya. Stalin felt that in the new situation the policies of his former foes—Trotsky, Zinoviev, and Kamenev—were the right ones. Medvedev dates his book "August 1962 � August 1968." These concerns underwrote an extended trial that he lived through the last years and months of his life. But before on which was written: �Letter of V.I. "aide" to Khrushchev.12. Snegov, Ezhov was shot in the [37] But when he read his confession amended and corrected personally by Stalin, he withdrew his whole confession. Yet to another Menshevik leader, Fyodor Dan, he confided that Stalin became "the man to whom the Party granted its confidence" and "is a sort of a symbol of the Party" even though he "is not a man, but a devil. The most explicit statement of Bukharin's differences with Stalin is his speech to the Central Committee in April 1929, published for the first time in Problemy, 253-308. the words: �Koba, why do you need my death?� The third came from Marshall Tito and R. Medvedev, Neizvestnyi "Letters in Stalin�s desk" is a fabrication. (218), In various places in Medvedev�s book, Stalin is depicted as a paranoid, psychotic, Whereas the Bolsheviks had previously been a minority in Moscow behind the Mensheviks and the Socialist Revolutionaries, by September 1917 the Bolsheviks were in the majority in Moscow. "The ABC of Communism Revisited". of the purported letters, "Tito�s Letter to Stalin.". On page 69 they write: "Aleksei Snegov, an acquaintance of Trotsky left New York on 27 March 1917, sailing for St. In 1911, after a brief imprisonment, Bukharin was exiled to Onega in Arkhangelsk, but he soon escaped to Hanover. However, there were signs that moderates among Stalin's supporters sought to end official terror and bring a general change in policy, after mass collectivization was largely completed and the worst was over. The Rykovs were moved to tears in gratitude.100, At the 7 November parade, Stalin, on the Mausoleum, spotted Bukharin in an ordinary seat and sent a Chekist to say, “Comrade Stalin has invited you on to the Mausoleum.” Bukharin thought he was being arrested but then gratefully climbed the steps.12. similar documents.8. ������� ��������� � ����������� �������� ���������� ������ ����������, �� ������� ���� ��������: ������� �.�. The footnote on p. 660, at the Tito quotation, reads "Quoted by Zh. Some 22,000 members of the Polish elite were killed by Soviet forces, and for decades the USSR claimed that it was the work of Nazi Germany. By itself the fact that "Bukharin’s last plea" and "Tito’s letter to Stalin" are frauds that never existed is of minor significance. in question here. This wish was granted. It is not in the Volkogonov Papers, in the U.S. National Archives. Medvedev never recorded Snegov as he says or, if he did record him, Medvedev failed to By the 1960s Snegov was a pensioner and happy to share his but not with other individuals. of 5/III-23 (2 copies) and answer of c[omrade] [5] Bukharin left New York in early April and returned to Russia by way of Japan (where he was temporarily detained by local police), arriving in Moscow in early May 1917. to read: "Stop sending assassins to murder me� If this doesn�t stop, I will send He asked for a pencil and sheet of paper in order to write a A Biography. [23] Grigory Tokaev, a soviet defector and admirer of Bukharin, reported that: "Stalin aimed at one party dictatorship and complete centralisation. During this time, he became closely associated with Valerian Obolensky and Vladimir Smirnov. Party documents now available show he was not [32] After Kirov's assassination, the NKVD charged an ever-growing group of former oppositionists with Kirov's murder and other acts of treason, terrorism, sabotage, and espionage.[33]. guilty.22 The present authors have studied this evidence in conjunction with symptomatic of a much larger fraud: the falsification of the history of the Soviet Union, Snegov is thanked, along with other Old Bolsheviks, in the Foreword (xxxiii), and is cited was wrong about this one letter, we are obligated to dismiss as false the whole story of decimating the generation of Old Bolsheviks. He represented the right wing of the Bolshevik Party as he advocated an alliance between revolutionaries and the rich peasants/land owners. essay in The Unknown Stalin. documents. There�s no indication it was ever kept anyplace else, "Bukharin�s Last Plea" was explicitly mentioned, as is the fact that it is 14 �(��� ��� ��� �� ����, �.2, ��. The party leaders kept the three items a secret. Bukharin’s theoretical role only became prominent when the bureaucracy, under the leadership of the Stalin-Bukharin duo, felt compelled to fundamentally revise … "1922", as Service states here � near the beginning of his infamous transcribing Snegov�s tale. In the first it is as though Bukharin were sending his note from beyond the desk" letters, including "Bukharin�s last plea," is found in yet another officially by the Soviet government in 1989, in Izvestiia TsK KPSS No. reread the transcripts, or to refresh his memory of the taped conversations since, as we That is, in 1989 Lenin�s letter to Stalin was together with Stalin�s answer in the �Koba, why did you need me to die?� Stalin kept this pre-execution letter in The third item was the letter dictated by Lenin Perhaps Roy Medvedev really did speak with Snegov as he claims. second passage Bukharin is said to have addressed Stalin in the present tense, as either the "Bukharin" or the "Tito" letter. first, "The short note began with the words, �Koba..", "The second letter was from Bukharin� He finished with the words: Both of these remarks, of course, are made only for the present, on the assumption that both these outstanding and devoted Party workers fail to find an occasion to enhance their knowledge and amend their one-sidedness. [13] It is clear from the letter that his aim was not to travel abroad but he wanted to defend himself from the attacks of these literary aggressors. During the exile, he continued his education and wrote several books that established him in his 20s as a major Bolshevik theorist. (Trotsky's wife recalled, "with a bear hug and immediately began to tell them about a public library which stayed open late at night and which he proposed to show us at once" dragging the tired Trotskys across town "to admire his great discovery"). Court Bukharin fully reaffirms his own guilt.21 Both statements show that Bukharin, Nikolaĭ, and Evgeniĭ Alekseevich Preobrazhenskiĭ. [8], While no one dominated revolutionary politics in Moscow during the October Revolution as Trotsky did in St. Petersburg, Bukharin certainly was the most prominent leader in Moscow. Why should he be believed elsewhere? NY: Knopf, 1971. abuse of her. (Com. Some astute observers noted that he would allow only what was in the written confession and refuse to go any further. ", "Koba, why is my death necessary to you?". Stalin was But more than that: the letters are in an official envelope of the "Council of In March 1919, he became a member of the Comintern's executive committee and a candidate member of the Politburo. Under Lenin�s letter itself are the Archival identifiers: "(TsPA IML pri TsK KPSS [Central Party Archive of the Institute of Marxism and History Judge is discussed at some length by J. Arch Getty , Origins of the Great [36], While Anastas Mikoyan and Vyacheslav Molotov later claimed that Bukharin was never tortured and his letters from prison do not give the suggestion that he was tortured, it is also known that his interrogators were given the order: "beating permitted". "letters in Stalin�s desk.". During the Civil War period, he published several theoretical economic works, including the popular primer The ABC of Communism (with Yevgeni Preobrazhensky, 1919), and the more academic Economics of the Transitional Period (1920) and Historical Materialism (1921). "Koba, why is my death necessary to you?" At the Fourteenth Party Congress in December 1925, Stalin openly attacked Kamenev and Zinoviev, revealing that they had asked for his aid in expelling Trotsky from the Party. antagonistic to their subject, all highly anticommunist. would be transferred to the Central Committee to serve as an isolated location where Bukharin pressed his views throughout 1928 in meetings of the Politburo and at the Communist Party Congress, insisting that enforced grain requisition would be counterproductive, as War Communism had been a decade earlier.[19]. Very often he fails to cite any source for assertions he The translator missed, ignored, or deliberately elided this textual discrepancy. summer of 1940." Probably the single most spectacular thing about this book is Bukharin's incredible personal letter to Stalin on the eve of Bukharin's execution in 1937. According to the to come to see him with a tape recorder. The note we call "letters in Stalin�s desk" is not mentioned. Medvedev does not explain how such a blunderer could command a following By itself the fact that "Bukharin�s last plea" and "Tito�s letter to source for the story here, or in the revised and expanded 1989 edition of his anti-Stalin Nicolai Bukharin. [21], Bukharin was forced to renounce his views under pressure. He also met his future first wife, Nadezhda Mikhailovna Lukina, his cousin and the sister of Nikolai Lukin, who was also a member of the party. On In his 1980 biography of Bukharin, published only outside the USSR, we read: As to Bukharin, he behaved with dignity. ���. In addition to Bukharin�s confessions at situation in the country in 1929, diplomacy in the thirties, World War II strategy, and After Lenin's death in 1924, Bukharin became a full member of the Politburo. ", which was written in a note to Stalin just before his execution. [8] On 10 October 1917, Bukharin was elected to the Central Committee, along with two other Moscow Bolsheviks: Andrei Bubnov and Grigori Sokolnikov. 26004; ������ ���������, ������������ �����; �.�. Evidently no expert on Yugoslavia has thought it He had also conserved the last thing written to him kept top-secret by the Russian government to this day. Stalin of Kirov�s death, of planning the repression in advance, and of sadistically Bertram David Wolfe, "Breaking with communism", p. 10; Report by Viscount Chilston (British ambassador) to Viscount Halifax, No.141, Moscow, 21 March 1938. They would have their readers believe that the "good" Therefore it�s safe to assume that from Bukharin, awaiting death, written shortly before he was shot. Indeed, his contacts with Mensheviks during this trip were to feature prominently in his trial. Len[in]. Together We Make a Difference. on 5 March 1922 containing the demand for Stalin to apologize to Krupskaya for his verbal What we would really like to know is this: is Snegov�s story about the letters found [7], To complicate matters further, the Bolsheviks themselves were divided into a right wing and a left wing. 553-568 Link. with the words, "Koba why do you need me to die?" work which was published only abroad. But they are In fact, Snegov had never been an Russian original: �. He finished with � ����� �. In fact, His conversations with Boris Nicolaevsky, a Menshevik leader who held the manuscripts on behalf of the SPD, formed the basis of "Letter of an Old Bolshevik", which was very influential in contemporary understanding of the period (especially the Ryutin Affair and the Kirov murder), although there are doubts about its authenticity. Marx-Lenin Central Party Archive. As soon as he arrived home Bukharin telephoned Stalin. 26004; ������ ���������, ������������ �����; �.�. 5 The Unknown Stalin. [18], Bukharin was worried by the prospect of Stalin's plan, which he feared would lead to "military-feudal exploitation" of the peasantry. Why not? This body was renamed "Council of Ministers" on The correct date is March 5, 1923. We have already concluded on other grounds that the Snegov � Medvedev story of the by Bukharin: �Koba, why is my death necessary for you?� Had Stalin wanted a frisson of One was a The second letter was written on 7 March immediately after the presentation of the letter of V.I.Lenin to him by classic Let history judge: the origins and consequences of Stalinism, where the nowhere to be found in Bukharin�s investigation file. Unlike Khrushchev, Medvedev accused Bukharina na Lubianke" [10] During the October Revolution, Bukharin drafted, introduced, and defended the revolutionary decrees of the Moscow Soviet. 16 Nobody besides, perhaps, Snegov. 22 Guilty, that is, of at least what he confessed to, though not necessarily of Even Medvedev does not know of any copies. �����, ����. "revelation" Khrushchev made in the famous "Secret Speech" is false, (268, n. 31). Stop sending assassins to murder me. Historians have an obligation to inform spoken to Medvedev by this later date, but evidently had not � or not yet � told him ������ � ����� �. "Introduction to Bukharin: economic theory and the closure of the Soviet industrialisation debate". voluminous work but not about "Bukharin�s last plea."10. Facts and Theories." [11] Following the October Revolution, Bukharin became the editor of the party's newspaper, Pravda. does not contain any claim of innocence, only of despair. "letters in Stalin�s desk". within the party. terrorists to Yugoslavia to murder me. Lenin wrote a preface to Bukharin's book. In Chapter 14 of that book, in Roy Medvedev�s essay "The Murder of Although Bukharin had not challenged Stalin since 1929, his former supporters, including Martemyan Ryutin, drafted and clandestinely circulated an anti-Stalin platform, which called Stalin the "evil genius of the Russian Revolution". He had been built before and during the war as air raid shelters. Trotsky, the prime force behind the Left Opposition, was defeated by a triumvirate formed by Stalin, Zinoviev, and Kamenev, with the support of Bukharin. Volkogonov evidently had [2] His childhood is vividly recounted in his mostly autobiographic novel How It All Began. According to Roy Medvedev, Let History Judge, (p.257), in 1964 the author's widow, a resident of France, brought the original of the letter … 38-52. http://actualhistory.ru/bukharin_last_plea, http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/�����_��������_����������_����, http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/�����_���������_����, http://clogic.eserver.org/2007/Furr_Bobrov.pdf. the two accounts � in the same book! 3, 2001 �, http://russcience.euro.ru/biblio/med01vr.htm. trial (and his reaffirmation of them in his Appeal) we now have the text of his first history today. For some prominent communists such as Bertram Wolfe, Jay Lovestone, Arthur Koestler, and Heinrich Brandler, the Bukharin trial marked their final break with communism and even turned the first three into passionate anti-Communists eventually. It would not bear upon Bukharin�s guilt or innocence, for it was found, / Khrushchev read out this letter to the delegates at the Twentieth Party All the evidence we have points to one conclusion: the Snegov-Medvedev story of the times. Medvedev gives no Pasternak described Bukharin as "a wonderful, historically extraordinary man, but fate has not been kind to him. apologize for his rudeness to his wife, Krupskaya. There are several interpretations of Bukharin's motivations (besides being coerced) in the trial. letter to Stalin," "Bukharin�s last plea" is a fake. No.8-9, 1992, p. 68. In other essential details, This is the "present tense" version of the quotation. . Stalin’s partnership with Bukharin, Rykov and Tomsky broke down soon after the defeat of their adversaries exactly as the triumvirate had fallen apart after Trotsky’s resignation. 192-3. Bukharin then represented the Moscow Soviet in their report to the revolutionary government in Petrograd. Demichev. Bukharin's last plea (Moscow Trials) Bukharin's letter to Stalin, Getty/Naumov, The Road to Terror, pp. He is the embodiment of chaste but self-absorbed laboratory craftsmanship..."[28] His speech was greeted with wild applause, though it greatly offended some of the listeners, such as the communist poet Semyon Kirsanov, who complained: "according to Bukharin, all the poets who have used their verses to participate in political life are out of date, but the others are not out of date, the so-called pure (and not so pure) lyric poets. Congress during his secret speech on �the cult of personality�. document is given somewhat differently: In 1955, having buried the idea of a Stalin museum, Khrushchev decided that the dacha Here is the information about where it has been kept: "The letter of V.I. Bukharin revealed this in a Pravda article in 1924 and stated that it had been "a period when the party stood a hair from a split, and the whole country a hair from ruin."[15]. Briggs. Forms eternally follow forms. As even a casual reading reveals, these two accounts do not agree. Moscow: Bukharin. Viewed objectively, "Bukharin�s last plea" would be of little importance or disprove Snegov�s story? Petersburg. “Bukharin is not only a most valuable´and major theorist of the Party; he is also rightly considered the favourite of the whole Party, but his theoretical views can be classified as fully Marxist only with great reserve, for there is something scholastic about him (he has never made a study of the dialectics, and, I think, never fully understood it).” But Stalin was not in Moscow; immediately after the trial and execution of all the accused, he had gone off to Sochi ‘for a holiday’. In that case Medvedev has simply been phenomenally careless in In this work Medvedev wrote: "According to A.V. His 1928 volume of poetry would never have come out without the active intervention of Bukharin. ��[�����], �� ����������� �.�. 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