Petunin confirms fully and clearly the information given
by Sher, Berlatsky, Ikov, etc., inter alia, in the matter of
organising the " All-Union Bureau."
" . . .At the beginning of 1928 the ' All-Union
Bureau ' of the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P.
was founded; the leading role in the formation of this
Committee was played by an initiatory group composed
of three persons—Gromann, Sher, and Ginsburg. The
members of the Committee were all persons co-opted into
this initiatory group by the triumvirate : Salkind, Petunin,
Yakubovich, Stern, and Sokolovsky, the triumvirate themselves, and further Volkov and Finn-Yenotayevsky, newly
recruited. The Committee thus consisted at first of ten
persons in all; in 1929 Sukhanov was admitted as a member of the Committee; in 1930 the Committee lost a
member, Stern, by death." (Statement made February
The leading personages in the " All-Union Bureau," Ginsburg and Gromann, give further full confirmation of this information in their statements.
Ginsburg states :
"... As early as 1925, Sher was authorised by the
organisation of the R.S.D.L.P. abroad to act as its representative in the Soviet Union, and utilised this authority
in his initiative towards the restoration of the party organisation. Subsequently, the organisation abroad established
connection with the ' All-Union Bureau ' through the
agency of Gromann, Stern, myself, and Petunin, and by
sending members of the foreign organisation to the Soviet
Union. . . ."
'' . . . The initiatory group, after receiving aid from
the foreign group of the R.S.D.L.P., and after adding a
number of new members (Stern, Sokolovsky, Salkind,
Petunin), arranged a consultation in the spring of 1928 of
the persons enumerated below, at which it was resolved
to found the ' All-Union Bureau ' of the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P., its members to be those present :
Gromann, Sher, Ginsburg, Stern, Sokolovsky, Volkov,
Finn-Yenotayevsky, Salkind. Yakubovich, and Petunin. In
January, 1929, Sukhanov joined the Committee, at the end
of April Stern died. ..."
Gromann finally states :
"... I may place the beginning of my counter-revolutionary activities at the beginning of 1929, when Sher
informed me that he had been empowered by the organisation of the R.S.D.L.P. abroad (the authorisation having