V. I.   Lenin




Published: First published in 1928 in the journal Oktyabr No. 8. Sent from London to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 102.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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1.I. 03

Dear Comrade,

Your letter of December 21st and all 19 manuscripts received.[1] I am thinking of giving some of these letters (in particular about sectarians) in early issues of Iskra, perhaps even in No. 31, which will come out in a couple of weeks.

The one thing not quite clear to me is whether to indicate that these are “from the materials of Zhizn”. On the one hand, it would be the most natural thing to do, that’s how it’s usually done, and nobody in Russia would be puzzled—especially if we also carried an item (or your letter to the editor) about Zhizn ceasing publication.

On the other hand, it appears from your letter that the Zhizn organisation did not want to pass the materials on to Iskra and that you have done so on your own initiative. If that is so, do you wish the materials printed without any comment or indication of the source?

Kindly let me know how things stand and also your opinion on how best to present the material. Please reply to the following address, which I would ask you not to give to anyone else so that it should be used by you only: Mr. Jacob Richter.

30. Holford Square 30. Pentonville. London W. C.

Wishing you all the best,


[1] A reference to letters from Russia collected by the editors of the journal Zhizn (Life) which V. D. Bonch-Bruyevich passed on to the Editorial Board of Iskra after Zhizn ceased publication.

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