V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Sent from London to Berne. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 105c-106a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
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15.I. 03

Dear L. I.,

Received the material from the Rostov comrades (or rather it is still only a semblance of material!) and a letter from three of them. Too late for No. 31. And if you want my opinion, it ought not to be published: there is something not quite right about three men who have fled abroad proclaiming their solidarity![1]

Why shouldn’t they write to Rostov-on-Don instead, so that the Don Committee (which knows them after all and   trusts them of course) should 1) send in a statement of solidarity and 2) officially ask us to publish a pamphlet on Rostov? Wouldn’t it be better to wait a while for a statement of that kind than to print a private letter?

Or perhaps the addresses in Rostov don’t function? If they do not, let them give detailed instructions and we shall try to send someone to restore contact.

Best regards,


[1] The three Rostov comrades were I. I. Stavsky, Mochalov and Z. Mikhailov. Iskra No. 35 of March 1, 1903, carried a letter from the Don Committee of the R.S.D.L.P. announcing its solidarity with Iskra and Zarya on all questions relating to programme, tactics and organisation.

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