V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written June 5, 1901
Published: First published in 1928. Sent from Munich to Berlin. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 71.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Doctor[1] should take up residence at the frontier, in Polangen for example (we have connections with the non-Russian side in those places, and we have also our own depot), study the local conditions (he would have to know Lettish and German there, but perhaps one could manage without, that), try to find a plausible occupation (we are assured that it is possible to live there by private practice), establish good relations with the local petty officials and accustom them to frequent crossings of the frontier. The frontier there is crossed not with a passport, but with a Grenzkarte[2] (valid for 28 days). With such frequent crossings it will be possible to carry across (on one’s person or in a suitcase by our method, which requires a small case for medical instruments) a little at a time, some pounds of literature on each occasion. It is very important for us that the crossings should be regular and frequent, even if with very little at a time. If the person will undertake to arrange this and do the work himself, we will give him the fare money and a couple of months’ living expenses, until he settles down.


[1] The identity of this person has not been established.—Ed.

[2] Frontier card, enabling people living in the frontier zone to cross the frontier.—Ed.

[3] This letter is a postscript to that of N. K. Krupskaya. p. 71

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