V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written between July 31 and August 12, 1901
Published: First published in 1928 in Lenin Miscellany VIII. Sent from Munich to Kishinev. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 65b-66a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
Public Domain: Lenin Internet Archive (2005). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work; as well as make derivative and commercial works. Please credit “Marxists Internet Archive” as your source.

To Akim

Dear Comrade,

We were very glad indeed to receive your parcel. A magnificent job; even Tsvetov says so. You misunderstood us. We were not at all against the publication of Iskra in Russia. On the contrary, we are fully aware that the business will benefit greatly by it, and a I ways wanted this to be done, but we confess we had little faith in the success of the undertaking. Now you have given us that faith. We are sending you an article by X intended for Zarya No. 2, but in our opinion it would be very useful to put it out as a pamphlet. You will probably agree with us when you read it. Print 1,000 copies of it. There will be no more delays with material. Let us know when you want the copy for the next pamphlet. Later on we shall send material for the paper.[1] We repeat, we are very glad indeed.

There will be an item in No. 7 about the Veto myth—it’s all sheer nonsense.

You are quite right when you write that Iskra should organise. But you are wrong in saying an organisation should have been left behind in Russia.

To do this, so to speak, in advance was out of the question; only when things get under way will it be possible to tell how the organisation should shape. Now—and here you are right—there is chaos (partly due to the method of delivery), most of our representatives write to us about this. We are thinking of sending the project we have drawn up for an organisation to two or three people in Russia for consideration, and working out the rules for the organisation with their help. We have not received the Odessa leaflets. Please send them.

[[BOX-ENDS: Your new acquaintance whom you met here sends on his own behalf three cheers to you on this success!!!]][2]


[1] It would he extremely important for us to have a Russian edition of Iskra as soon as possible. If you are not quite up to it, put out separate articles from the paper. —Lenin

[2] Postscript to a letter written by Krupskaya.—Ed.

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