Did Vladimir Lenin ever use the term Useful idiot to describe so called western journalists?

JoanOfArc007

Ad Honorem
Dec 2015
3,790
USA
Did Vladimir Lenin ever use the term Useful idiot to describe so called western journalists sympathetic to communist plights? A popular conservative radio station in the USA made the claim, I heard it on patriot radio on XM radio today I wanted to inquire if that ever actually occurred in history.
 

Dir

Nov 2015
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Kyiv
As far as I know Lenin did not say that. Usually these words are attributed to another prominent Bolshevik - Karl Radek
 

At Each Kilometer

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Sep 2012
3,925
Bulgaria
As far as I know Lenin did not say that. Usually these words are attributed to another prominent Bolshevik - Karl Radek
I tried to research the subject and apparently the only source that claims that Karl Berngard Radek used the phrase in question is Политика. № 1, 1990. Издательство ЦК КП Эстонии. С. 105 / translation Politics Number 1, 1990; Publisher Central Committee of the Communist Party of Estonia, Page 105 so half a century after his tragic death.

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