V. I.   Lenin

On the Borba Group

Published: Iskra, No. 18, March 10, 1902. Published according to the Iskra text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1964, Moscow, Volume 6, page 160.
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K. N. You ask what the Borba group is. We know that several of its members have contributed to Zarya (two articles) and Iskra (3 reports, 2 articles and 1 commentary). Several articles they sent us were not published. They have now published a printed “declaration,” complaining of our “undemocratic” attitude and campaigning even... against a Personencultus[Personality cult.–Ed.]! As a man of experience you will grasp what is at the bottom of it all from this one unparalleled and peerless word. And when Borba publishes its article against Where to Begin? about the rejection of which they also speak in the declaration—then even comrades who are absolutely inexperienced in Party affairs will under stand why we did not receive these contributors with open arms.

As for “democracy,” see What Is to Be Done?, IV, e)[See present edition, Vol. 5.–Ed.]: what is stated there about Rabocheye Dyelo applies to Borba as well.


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