V. I.   Lenin


To:   V. P. NOGIN

Published: First published in 1928 in Lenin Miscellany VIII. Sent from Munich to London. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 45b-46a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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10/X. 00

Dear Vasily Petrovich,

I received your address and the resolution of the twenty-three[2] against the “Credo” from P. B. (Axelrod) only yesterday. Alexei wrote long ago that you would be abroad, but I was unable to locate you (foolish of him not to give you my postal address!). Please get in touch with me and let me know in detail how you are getting on: how long you have been in London, what you are doing, what the people are like in London, what your plans are, and when you intend to leave Why did you choose London?

There are no passwords; instead of a password (for you do not know me, do you? How did Alexei refer to me when you spoke with him? Did he give you a good enough idea of what we are doing?) I shall give you the initials of the addressee through whom I am to write to Alexei. Alexei writes me: if you cannot make out the address, ask   Novosyolov. The initials are: K. A. G. G.[1] —insert the missing letters and we shall have made “contact”.

All the best,

Reply to this address:

Herrn Philipp Rögner, Cigarrenhandlung, Neue Gasse, Nürnberg.

Enclose second envelope addressed to Petrov.

P.S. Please let me have two or three addresses of fully reliable people (outsiders, not revolutionaries) to whom one could go in Poltava and find out about Alexei.


[1] The person referred to has not been identified.—Ed.

[2] Theresolution of the twenty-three” evidently was adopted at a meeting of Social-Democrats in exile in Orlov, Vyatka Gubernia (V. V. Vorovsky, N. E. Bauman, A. N. Potresov, and others), as an expression of solidarity with the “protest of the seventeen” (“A Protest by Russian Social-Democrats”) written by Lenin (see present edition, Vol. 4, pp. 167–82).

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