V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written November 26, 1904
Published: First published in 1984 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 46. Sent from Geneva. Printed from a copy in Krupskaya’s handwriting.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 137b-138.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

Both copies of your resolution received. They were not turned over to the Central Organ because recently the following happened. The Nikolayev Committee sent a resolution to be forwarded to Iskra, which was done. The resolution was returned by Martov accompanied by gross abuse. The C.C. and the Central Organ, he said, knew for certain   that there was no committee in Nikolayev and that the resolution had therefore obviously been written by some frauds and impostors. Since the resolution bore no signatures, no date, and no indication of the attitude of the periphery to it, it was meaningless, he said, and he, Martov, even refused to forward it to the Central Organ, declaring he was sick and tired of all this fabrication of false resolutions. The same fate evidently awaits the Tver resolution. We shall print it in a Majority leaflet.

Please let us know how things are going.

Did you receive the Iskra letter to the Party organisations concerning the Zemstvo campaign? In it, the editors in their striving for a “new and higher type” talked a lot of nonsense, including the absurdity that the workers should not frighten away the liberals but act so as not to cause panic among them. The letter has caused a heated debate. Lenin replied to it in his pamphlet The Zemstvo Campaign and “Iskra’s” Plan.[2]

Please let us have addresses to which we can send literature. The addresses you sent the resolution to are quite alright. A certain Rogova will come to you from Perm. She is said to be a good worker. We do not know her personally but perhaps she will be of use to you. Her status is illegal, please help her to get settled.

The key for communicating with Bolshak is Gambetta: South American states 34b., й in the middle. Bolshak asks that a passport and small files be sewn into the soles of a pair of boots and passed on to him through Nekrasova or relatives.

Please acknowledge receipt of our letters at once. Greetings.



[1] Written by Krupskaya on Lenin’s instructions.—Ed.

[2] See present edition, Vol. 7, pp. 497–518.—Ed.

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