V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written later than October 5, 1904
Published: First published in 1930. Sent from Geneva to Russia. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 258.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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1) To be written to all our committees:

Immediately and without fail write officially to the C.C. in Russia (sending us a copy of your letter) requesting that the Committee be supplied with all publications of the new publishing house of Bonch-Bruyevich and Lenin,[1] and that they be supplied regularly. Get a reply from the C.C. and send it to us. Make use of a personal meeting with C.C. members and ask them about their reply in the presence of witnesses. Have you received the supplement to Nos. 73-74—the decisions of the Council[2]? You must protest against this scandalous affair, it is a downright falsification of the congress, a downright incitement of the periphery against the committees and a shifting of the squabble to the Council. If you have not received these decisions, enquire about them also from the C.C. and keep us informed. We shall issue shortly a detailed examination of these Council decisions.”

2) The full reply of the 22 concerning the Organising Committee to be sent to Odessa, stipulating that the place they received it from is to be kept secret. The letter to be inscribed “for Baron, Osip and Leonsha exclusively”. Let Odessa send us, Felix and Mouse immediately their reply, their amendments, or their agreement, etc. Let Odessa send immediately Nikolayev’s decision concerning the congress.


[1] The Bonch-Bruyevich and Lenin publishing house of Social-Democratic party literature was set up by the Bolsheviks after the Menshevik editorial board of Iskra refused to publish the statements of organisations and Party members supporting the decisions of the Second Congress and demanding the convocation of the Third Congress of the Party.

[2] The decisions of the Council of the R.S.D.L.P. were published in a separate supplements to Nos. 73 and 74 of Iskra. The first of these decisions dealing with the procedure for convening the Third Congress listed a number of measures aimed at obstructing agitation in favour of the congress and preventing its being convened in the immediate future.

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