V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written November 4, 1903
Published: First published in 1928. Sent from Geneva to Russia. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 187.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Their conditions are: 1) co-optation of four on to the editorial board; 2) co-optation? on to the C.C.; 3) recognition of the lawfulness of the League; 4) two votes in the Council. I would propose that the C.C. put the following conditions to them: 1) co-optation of three on to the editorial board; 2) status quo ante bellum in the League; 3) one vote in the Council. Next I would propose endorsing at once (but for the time being without communicating it to the contending side) the following ultimatum: 1) co-optation of four on to the editorial board; 2) co-optation of two on to the C.C. at the discretion of the C.C.; 3) status quo ante bellum in the League; 4one vote in The Council. If the ultimatum is not accepted—war to the bitter end. An additional condition: 5) cessation of all gossip, wrangling and talk concerning the strife at the Second Party Congress and after it.

For my part, I may add that I am resigning from the editorial board and can remain only in the Central Committee. I shall go the whole hog and publish a booklet about the struggle of the hysterical scandalmongers or discarded ministers.[1]


[1] Lenin’s One Step Forward, Two Steps Back was published in May 1904 (see present edition, Vol. 7).—Ed.

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