V. I.   Lenin



Draft of letter dated 18.V.01

Published: First published in 1928 in Lenin Miscellany VIII. Sent from Munich to Berlin. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 57b-58a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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We of course agree with your plan to begin publication of bulletins[1] at once. Only it is necessary to work out the organisational aspects of the scheme, that is, to settle some inevitable preliminary questions. For instance, will the entire Iskra promotion group in Berlin be involved in publishing and editing the bulletins (if I am not mistaken, the idea was not to inform the whole group of our organisational plan as yet), or just a part of it, or a few individuals? Will the title of the bulletins indicate their relationship   to Iskra or not? It would also be desirable that the programme of the bulletins should accord with the programme put forward in our draft and that the editors should see to it that the departments (translations of Polish, Finnish and other literature) are distributed among Iskra sympathisers and supporters. Lastly, it is essential definitely to decide (the decision of course should not be published) that the group publishing and editing the bulletins under take the task provisionally with a view to turning it over to an elected Literary Commission when the Iskra organisation abroad which we have proposed has been openly constituted. There are also other matters which you of course will see for yourself and settle when you get down to working out your plan organisationally in its final form.

We on our part shall select some material we have on hand and send it to you. Let us know when you plan to put out the first issue. Will the bulletins you propose to publish be the same as the earlier ones (as regards format) or different?


[1] The Berlin Iskra promotion group planned to put out bulletins but the idea was never realised owing to lack of funds and material.

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