V. I.   Lenin


To:   Y. O. MARTOV

Written: Written in Geneva and mailed to a local address
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 117.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Sent 19.XII. 03

Dear Comrade,

The C.C. leaves it to the editors of the Central Organ to issue instructions to Comrade Bonch-Bruyevich as regards both the text of the statement “From the Editors” in his paper[1] and the nature of the literary supervision to be exercised. Both questions in our opinion are within the competence of the C.O. and we cannot undertake to issue instructions on them to Comrade Bonch-Bruyevich.

The editors should have taken up the mediocrity of the articles and Comrade Bonch-Bruyevich’s inexperience not with the C. C. but with Comrade Bonch-Bruyevich himself.

The C. C. will of course receive the proofs and will do its best to advise in particularly important matters. We do not think the question of the text of the statement is very important, but “special supervision” by the C. O. over a publication like Bonch-Bruyevich’s paper would, in our opinion, be useful.

We shall consider the question of most convenient type.

We have left it to Comrade Bonch-Bruyevich himself to hand in the copy to the printers if the editors of the C.O. have no objections to this.


[1] A reference to Rassvet, a Social-Democratic publication for members of religious sects, put out in Geneva by V. D. Bonch-Bruyevich in accordance with a decision of the Second Congress of the R.S.D.L.P.

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