V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written in December 1901
Published: First published in 1928 in “Doklad organizatsii ‘Iskry’ vtoromu syezdu R.S.D.R.P.” in the Journal Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 1. Sent from Munich to Kishinev. Printed from the original of the “Doklad...” in N. K. Krupskaya’s handwriting.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 105.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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... I have always said that the distribution of functions tends to resolve of itself: over here, the literature is published, articles are written for the paper, etc. In Russia, the literature is distributed and contacts are established. Transport is handled by special persons, appointed by mutual agreement of those here and there, and connected with-both sides. Such is the ideal....

... We have long been concerned over the fact that organisation in Russia (a matter of first-rate importance) has been making such slow headway, and, you will recall, we even sent you a “plan” last summer[1] (unfortunately we have not kept a copy of the letter elaborating the “plan”). But you replied: “We have no men.” You now seem to have found it possible to get down to this, and we are all ready, of course, to help all of you, if it depends on us. But our role here is quite a subordinate one. You are connected with X. Y. Z.[2]; consequently, all the “sources” of literature are within your reach. Establish contacts with one another, and turn these sources to use; if you find people who are suitable and have earned your complete confidence, make up a management committee from among them by joint agreement and we shall of course write to everyone we can to have them abide by the committee’s instructions. What is essential though is that the management committee should without fail have in view the whole of Russia, and not by any means one district only, because Iskra’s whole future depends on whether it will be able to overcome local rule-of-thumb work and district separateness, and become an all-Russia paper in practice....


[1] See N. K. Krupskaya’s letter to L. I. Goldman and S. O. Tsederbaum of August 1901, in Lenin Miscellany VIII, pp. 196–97.

[2] A reference to the connection between Iskra’s Kishinev and Baku printing shops and the centralised transportation arrangements by I. B. Basovsky.

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