A letter from Bukharin and Zinoviev
to Jousselin, judge of the French
Court of Inquiry

(6 March 1923)

From International Press Correspondence, Vol. 3 No. 23, 6 March 1923, p. 177.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.

Dear Sir,

The charge brought against our international brothers in arms, Lachin, Monmousseau, Treint, and others, is based for the most part on a speech of Bukharin’s. Therefore the undersigned beg you to summon them before the court as witnesses. The Judiciary of the French republic knows perfectly well, that the charge in question is a political one, intimately connected with events of great international significance. The opportunity is thus offered of illuminating the democratic role of the French republic and the position of the Communist International; and also, of examining, before the court, the import of Bukharin’s speech, and the correctness of the official accusations published by the French bourgeois press. We do not doubt tor a moment but that the justice of democratic France, known for its impartiality and love of objective truth, will accede to our request. It was one of us who delivered the incriminating speech, and the other is the chairman of the Communist International, and of the 4th Congress where the speech was delivered.


N. Bukharin

G. Zinoviev

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