V. I.   Lenin



To Comrade Martov

Written: Written in the neighbourhood of Geneva. sent to Geneva
Published: First published in 1930. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 256.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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September 7, 1904


In connection with the copies you have sent me, I have to state that the Council need not have troubled to repeat its invitation, seeing that I have already replied to it by a refusal. Never have I expressed a desire that investigation of the “conflict” in the C.C. should be submitted to the Council. On the contrary, I have plainly stated in letters to Comrade Glebov and to Comrade Martov that only the C.C. members as a whole are competent to verify the lawfulness of its composition. The Council is not authorised even by the Rules to examine conflicts within the Central Committee.[1]

Since the Bureau of the International Congress has accept ed the transference by me of my mandate, [2]I am no longer accountable in any way to any Council. I shall willingly give explanations (in writing or in print) concerning definite issues to anyone who wants them.

N. Lenin,
C.C. member


[1] See pp 253-55 of this volume.—Ed.

[2] Lenin did not attend the Amsterdam Congress and transferred his mandate to M. N. Lyadov and P. A. Krasikov, who were included in the delegation of the R.S.D.L.P. to the Congress.

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