V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written November 4, 1903
Published: First published in 1928. Sent from Geneva to Kiev. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 186.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Dear friend,

You cannot imagine what is going on here—it’s simply disgusting—and I beg you to do everything possible and impossible to come here together with Boris, after obtaining the votes of the others. You know that I am now fairly experienced in Party matters, and I categorically declare that any postponement, the slightest delay or vacillation, will spell ruin to the Party. You will probably be told about everything in detail. The gist of it is that Plekhanov has suddenly changed front, after the rows at the. League Congress,[1] and has thereby cruelly and shamefully let down me, Kurtz and all of us. Now he has gone, without us, to haggle with the Martovites who, seeing that he was frightened of a split, double and quadruple their demands. They demand not only the Six, but also the entry of their people into the C.C. (they do not say as yet how many and whom) and of two of them into the Council, and a disavowal of the activities of the C.C. in the League (activities carried out with the full agreement of Plekhanov). Plekhanov was pitifully scared of a split and a struggle! The situation is desperate, our enemies are rejoicing and have grown insolent, all our people are furious. Plekhanov is threatening to throw the whole thing up immediately and, is capable of doing so. I repeat, your coming is essential at all costs.


[1] See ^^Note 90^^.

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