V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written January 16, 1903
Published: First published in 1928. Sent from London to St. Petersburg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 136.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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January 16

We have received from Geneva Rabochaya Mysl No. 16 (evidently published and even written by Svoboda, i.e., by Nadezhdin) already labelled as the organ of the St. Petersburg Committee. It has a letter of the Bouncers making a correction, a trivial correction, strictly speaking not a correction at all but a compliment to Svoboda. If the Bouncers assure you of their solidarity with Zarya and Iskra, that is obvious deception, the sheer humbug of people who are playing for time in order to gain strength. We earnestly and insistently advise you therefore to issue immediately (and if you cannot issue it, send it here) a leaflet protesting in the name of the Committee and in general to refute all conciliatory manoeuvres and approaches, and to launch a vigorous war, a ruthless war, against the Bouncers, with an exposure of their defection from Social-Democracy to the “Revolutionary-Socialist” Svoboda. We approve the energetic behaviour of Novitskaya and once again ask you to continue in the same militant spirit, without allowing the slightest vacillations. War on the Bouncers and to hell with all conciliators, people of “elusive views” and shilly-shallyers! Better a small fish than a big beetle. Better two or three energetic and wholly devoted people than a dozen dawdlers. Write as often as possible and, without delay, give us access to your workers (and a characterisation of them) so that in case of arrests we shall not be stranded.


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