Memoradum on Marietta Shaginian's Novel


Regarding Marietta Shaginian's novel, Ticket to history, part one,
the Ul'ianov family

     ...the Central Committee has determined that as a
biographical-documentary novel about the life of the Ul'ianov
family, and also about the childhood and youth of Lenin, it appears
to be a politically harmful, ideologically hostile work.  One
should consider it a gross political error on the part of the
book's editor, Comrade Ermilov, and those in charge who permitted
Shaginian's novel to be printed.

     One condemns the behavior of Comrade Krupskaia, who having
received a draft copy of Shaginian's novel not only did not prevent
the novel's publication, but instead, encouraged Shaginian in every
way possible, reviewed the draft positively and advised Shaginian
on the facts of the Ul'ianov family's life.  One should also
consider Comrade Krupskaia completely responsible for this book.

     One should consider the behavior of Comrade Krupskaia all the
more intolerable and tactless, since Comrade Krupskaia was in
charge of Shaginian's task of writing a novel about Lenin without
the knowledge and approval of the Central Committee, behind the
back of the Central Committee, turning the very same all-party
matter of composing a literary work about Lenin into a private and
family affair, appearing in the role of sole exploiter of the
circumstances of the social and personal life and works of Lenin
and his family, for which the Central Committee never granted
anyone exclusive rights.

     The Central Committee resolves

1)  to remove Comrade Ermilov from the position of editor of
"Krasnaia Nov'"
2)  to announce the reprimand of the director of GIKhL [State
Publishing House of Belle Lettres] Comrade...
3)  to apprise Krupskaia of her error
4)  to prohibit anyone from submitting a literary work about Lenin
without the knowledge and permission of the Central Committee
5)  to question Shaginian's party membership in the KPK (Control
Commission of the Communist Party).


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