V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1928. Sent from London to Kharkov. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, pages 154-155.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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April 6,1903

In transmitting to the O.C. the inquiry of the foreign section of the O.C.[1] we for our part earnestly advise you not to widen the functions of the foreign section in any way and not to allow it to extend its bounds by a single inch, as it is making every effort to do. In the interests of the work, the functions of the foreign section of the O.C. should in no way go beyond preparing the secret part of the Congress, collecting money and, at most, discussion of the conditions for uniting the Social-Democratic organisations abroad in the form of a preliminary preparation of this question. Regarding point I a), we are strongly against giving the address of the O.C.’s foreign section to the committees. The functions of the foreign section being what they are, this is quite pointless. It is not without its dangers in the sense of causing delay and confusion. As regards publicity, it should be frankly stated that everything will be published in Iskra (the formal basis for this is its recognition by the majority of the committees). Other organisations should be formally recommended to reprint all the statements of the O.C. from Iskra. As regards contact between the O.C. and its foreign, section, we advise the following arrangement: the O.C. will communicate with Deutsch through the usual channels (Deutsch is the secretary of the O.C. ’s foreign section, which also includes Alexander and Lokhov). And you will communicate with Deutsch through us, as before. This is quite natural; the foreign section of the O.C. elected a secretary and you have endorsed his election.

To the second question we advise that you reply by agreeing, and to the third by an explanation that the agenda will be presented and is already being prepared.


[1] See ^^Note 186^^.

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