V. I.   Lenin


To:   Y. O. MARTOV

My statement to Martov (reconstructed, approximately, from memory)

Written: Written in Geneva and mailed to a local address
Published: First published in 1904 in the book by V. V. Vorovsky, Commentary on the Minutes of the Second Congress of the League of Russian Revolutionary Social-Democracy Abroad, Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 115b-116a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I fully concur with Comrade Martov’s wish, expressed through Comrade Hans, to eliminate the personal aspect of our conflict[1] by an exchange of statements, and, for my part, I submit the following statement.

I did not and do not question the integrity and sincerity of Martov. Once Martov states, after acquainting himself with my project for the election of two triumvirates and approving that project, that he personally had always considered it essential to extend the original editorial triumvirate, I myself do not question or allow anyone else to question Martov’s   sincerity. I would be very glad to learn that the accusations he levelled against me were the result of a misunderstanding.

November 29, 1903

N. Lenin



[1] This refers to the “personal conflict” between Lenin and Martov at the Second Congress of the League. Martov charged that in his report to the congress of the League Lenin had presented him as an intriguer and a liar on the question of the method of organising the Editorial Board of the Central Organ at the Second Congress of the Party, and he challenged Lenin to put the matter to arbitration. Lenin lodged a protest against this method of struggle, accepted Martov’s challenge, and in his turn pressed for arbitration. The conflict was settled through the mediation of G. M. Krzhizhanovsky during his stay abroad in the second half of November 1903 by means of a mutual exchange of statements between Lenin and Martov. These statements were published in Commentary on the Minutes of the Second Congress of the League of Russian Revolutionary Social-Democracy Abroad, Geneva, 1904.

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