V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written March 13, 1904
Published: First published in 1929. Sent from Geneva to Russia. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, pages 235-236.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Having received notification of your collective decision of the C.C. majority against a congress and the desirability of putting an end to “squabbling”, and having discussed this notification among the three of us (Kurtz, Beast and Lenin), we unanimously adopted the following decision:

1) Kurtz and Lenin will temporarily resign membership of the Council (while remaining members of the C.C.) until the true nature of our differences with the majority of the Central Committee has been cleared up. (We stated in the Council that we see no other honest way out of the squabbling except a congress, and we voted for a congress.) We stress that we are withdrawing temporarily and conditionally, by no means resigning altogether, and greatly desiring a comradely clarification of our differences and misunderstandings.

2) In view of (a) the need for C.C. members on the Council to live abroad; (b) the need for personal consultation with the C.C. members in Russia; (c) the need for a C.C. member abroad after the departure of Kurtz, Beast and Lenin (Kurtz and Beast are leaving for Russia, Lenin is taking his official and full holiday for not less than two months); (d) the need to arrange that the conduct of affairs here that give rise to “squabbling” should be in the hands of those C.C. members who disagree with us, for we are powerless to combat the squabbling otherwise than as we are doing,

in view of all this, we most earnestly request the C.C. to send here immediately and without fail at least one of its members from Russia.

We ask you to inform us at once of the receipt of this letter and of your reply.

P.S. To avoid gossip and false rumours, we have informed the Council of our resignation in the following form (copy in full):

To the Chairman of the Party Council

Comrade, in view of the departure of one of us, and the holiday being taken by the other, we are regretfully compelled to relinquish temporarily the post of C.C.members on the Council. We have informed the Central Committee of this.

With Social-Democratic greetings,


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