V. I.   Lenin


To:   M. N. LYADOV

Written: Written September 1, 1904, in Switzerland
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 46. Sent to Geneva. Printed from a copy in an unknown handwriting.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 119b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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To throw light on the matter[1] I wish to add: 1) that the claim that Osipov “resigned at the previous meeting” is an obvious lie, since Glebov, who was present at this meeting, himself signed the agreement of May 1904 referring to... members of the C.C., including Osipov.

2) I was never officially informed of Travinsky’s resignation.


[1] A reference to the “July Declaration” of the C.C. and the violation of the decisions of the Second Congress of the R.S.D.L.P. by the conciliators in the C.C.

TheJuly Declaration” was a resolution adopted by the conciliators in the C.C., L. B. Krasin, V. A. Noskov and L. Y. Galperin, in July 1904 without the knowledge of the two remaining members, Lenin and Rozalia Zemlyachka, who were not given an opportunity to defend in the C.C. the position of the Majority of the Party. In this resolution the conciliators endorsed the Menshevik composition of the Editorial Board of Iskra which G. V. Plekhanov had co-opted, and co-opted into the C.C. three other conciliators—A. I. Lyubimov, L. Y. Karpov and I. F. Dubrovinsky. The conciliators opposed the convocation of the   Third Congress of the Party and dissolved the Southern Bureau of the C.C., which was conducting agitation for the congress. They deprived Lenin of the right to represent the C.C. abroad and prohibited the publication of his writings without the collegial permission of the C.C.

Local Party committees—in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Riga, Baku and elsewhere—supported Lenin and strongly condemned the “July Declaration” (see this volume, Document 85).

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