Speeches first published in Geneva in 1904 in the Minutes of the Second Regular Congress of the R.S.D.L.P..
Speeches are published according to the text of the Minutes and the manuscripts.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1964, Moscow, Volume 6, pages 467-509.
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Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala and D. Walters
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|1. Draft Resolution on Demonstrations||469|
|2. Draft Resolution on the Place of the Bund in the Party||470|
|3. Draft Resolution on the Attitude Towards the Student Youth||471|
|4. Draft Resolution on Party Literature||472|
|5. Drafts of Minor Resolutions||473|
|6. Draft Resolution on the Publication of a Periodical for Members of Religious Sects||475|
|7. Draft Rules of the R.S.D.L.P.||476|
|8. Draft Resolutions Not Submitted to the Congress||479|
|9. First Speech on the Agenda of the Congress||482|
|10. Second Speech on the Agenda of the Congress||483|
|11. Speech on the Actions of the Organising Committee||484|
|12. Speech on the Attendance of the Polish Social-Democrats at the Congress||485|
|13. Speech on the Place of the Bund in the R.S.D.L.P.||486|
|14. Speech on the Party Programme||489|
|15. Report on the Party Rules||492|
|16. First Speech in the Discussion on the Agrarian Programme||493|
|17. Second Speech in the Discussion on the Agrarian Programme||496|
|18. Third Speech in the Discussion on the Agrarian Programme||498|
|19. Fourth Speech in the Discussion on the Agrarian Programme||499|
|20. First Speech in the Discussion on the Party Rules||500|
|21. Second Speech in the Discussion on the Party Rules||501|
|22. Speech at the Election of the Editorial Board of Iskra||505|
|23. Speech on the Attitude Towards the Student Youth||509|
 The Second Congress of the R.S.D.L.P. was held on July 17(30) to August 10(23), 1903. The first thirteen sessions of the Congress were held in Brussels, but owing to police persecution, the Congress sessions were transferred to London. In all, 37 sessions were held. There were 20 items on the agenda, of which the most important were: the Party programme, Party organisation (confirmation of the Rules of the R.S.D.L.P.), elections to the Central Committee and editorial hoard of the Party’s Central Organ. Twenty-six organisations were represented at the Congress, which was attended by 43 delegates possessing 51 decisive votes (eight delegates had two votes each), and by 14 delegates with a deliberative voice.
The preparations for the Congress had been made by Lenin’s Iskra, Lenin himself carrying out tremendous work in this respect.
Lenin drew up the outline of the report on the work of the Iskra organisation, and composed the draft of the Party Rules, the draft resolutions on several questions planned for discussion at the Congress, the agenda and the standing orders of the Congress.
Lenin did much work among the delegates, ascertaining the general situation and state of organisation in various parts of the country, and discussing many of the problems confronting the Congress. At a meeting of the Congress delegates, Lenin made a report on the national question.
The composition of the Congress was not homogeneous. Attending it were not only supporters of Iskra, but also its opponents, as well as unstable and wavering elements. Lenin’s preliminary acquaintance with the delegates made it possible for him to ascertain the political stand of each, of them prior to the opening of the Congress.
Lenin was elected to the Bureau of the Congress and was a member of the main Congress committees: the programme, Rules and Credentials Committees. He delivered the report on the Party Rules and spoke on almost all the subjects on the agenda. The minutes of the Congress register more than one hundred and thirty speeches, remarks, and rejoinders made by Lenin.