V. I.   Lenin



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 135.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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January 16, 1903

We have just received No. 16 of Rabochaya Mysl[1] (from Geneva) and No. 2 and 3 of Rabochaya Mysl Listki from St. Petersburg. It is now as clear as daylight that the Bouncers are fooling you and leading you by the nose when they as sure you of their agreement with Zarya and Iskra. Come out with a militant protest immediately (if you are not able to publish it, send it here at once, in any case a copy), wage war vigorously and carry it widely into the midst of the workers. Any delay and any conciliation with the Bouncers would now be not only arch-stupidity but absolutely disgraceful. And so long as you have Bogdan, you can’t complain of being shorthanded (help has been sent). Reply at once what steps you are taking.


[1] Issue No. 16 of Rabochaya Mysl for November-December 1902 contained “A Protest of the Workers’ Organisation Committee” against the statement of the St. Petersburg Committee of the R.S.D.L.P. recognising the newspaper Iskra and the journal   Zarya as the leading organs of the Party. The same issue published a letter of the Workers’ Organisation Committee to the Svoboda group and the Otkliki editorial board expressing gratitude for their sympathy and readiness to give support. The Rabochaya Mysl Listki were issued by the Iskrist St. Petersburg Committee in December 1902 and January 1903 in place of the newspaper Rabochaya Mysl. Listok No. 1 was destroyed by decision of the Committee in view of its unhappy wording.

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