V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVI. Sent from Geneva to Paris. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 156a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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19/4. 05

Dear L.,

It is impossible to get an Organising Committee credential for you to deliver greetings to the congress.[2] I thought at first that our congress would open by April 22 and that it would issue you a credential, hut that did not work out; our congress is being delayed.[1] You can say you are speaking for the Editorial Board of Vperyod and deliver greetings to the congress in its name, and through it, in the name of the R.S.D.L.P. That will be the best.

The item about Martov’s lies is going in.[3] Write from the congress.

V. Ulyanov

P.S. In Neue Zeit No. 29 Kautsky again told a pack of lies about Vperyod and Iskra![4] It would be a good thing for you to “correct” him in your speech at the congress.


[1] The Third Congress of the R.S.D.L.P. opened on April 12 (25), 1905.—Ed.

[2] The reference is to the Congress of the French Socialists held April 23–25, 1905, in Paris, at which the followers of Guesde and Jaurès united.

[3] This refers to Y. 0. Martov’s article “A Party Congress or a Congress of Groups?” in Iskra No. 94, March 25, 1905. In it Martov held up the Guesdists as an example to the “Leninists”, falsely asserting that the Guesdists had recourse to mediation by Bebel and the German Social-Democrats. Leiteisen replied to Martov in an item entitled “A Slight Correction!” in Vperyod No. 15, April 20 (7).

[4] Kautsky’s article “Die Differenzen unter den russischen Sozialisten”, published in Die Neue Zeit No. 29, was printed in Russian translation in Iskra No. 97 under the heading “The Differences Between Russian Socialists”. The article said: “... there are no revisionists in the Russian party.... He (Lenin.—Ed.) stands for strict centralism and dictatorial rights for the Central Committee, while Axelrod and his friends want to give more leeway for the activity of the local committees.”

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