V. I.   Lenin



To Comrade Ilya, manager of the Party printing shop, and Party compositors

Written: Written between September 5 and 13, 1904, in Switzerland
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed , Vol. 46. Sent to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 120b-121a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Irrespective of the legitimacy of Comrade Glebov’s claims (I have handed over all materials relating to the matter to Comrades Olin, Bonch-Bruyevich and Lyadov), I consider it necessary to state that under all circumstances the manager and compositors are obliged to turn over the Ryadovoi and Galyorka pamphlet[1] to the authors for the following reasons:

1) the printing of the pamphlet is paid for in full by the authors and hence it is their exclusive property;

2) authorisation to set up and print it in the Party printing shop was given by agents of the C. C. long before Comrade Glebov appeared on the scene with his “reforms”. Subsequent decisions, even if they were taken by properly constituted meetings of the C. C., in no way invalidate legitimate authorisation given by persons acting as agents of the C.C;

3) the authors do not insist that it be indicated in the pamphlet that it was printed in the Party printing shop.

I would consider refusal to turn over the pamphlet at once to the authors to be nothing but direct seizure of other people’s property.

Member of the C.C.
N. Lenin


[1] See previous document.—Ed.

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