V. I.   Lenin

Note on P. Nikolayev’s Pamphlet The Revolution in Russia[1]

Published: First published in the autumn of 1905. Published according to the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1972, Moscow, Volume 9, page 211.
Translated: The Late Abraham Fineberg and Julius Katzer
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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This pamphlet was written before August 6. The State Duma has now been set up. The working class and all the poor have no right at all to elect Duma members. The rich landlords and the merchants elect Duma members through gubernia electors. The peasants elect even gubernia electors not directly, but through uyezd delegates elected at volost meetings. Freedom of election, of the press, and of assembly is non-existent. The police retain full power. The Duma makes decisions that are not binding on the government, but are merely advisory, i.e., the Duma has no power at all.


[1] P. Nikolayev’s pamphlet The Revolution in Russia was published by the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P. in 1905 in Geneva. Lenin wrote the present note on the Bulygin Duma while he was amending the manuscript of the pamphlet. The note refers to the passage that reads, “Minister for the Interior Bulygin intends to set up a State Duma... etc.” Also extant is the manuscript, written in Lenin’s hand, of the title page of the pamphlet, with the inscription, “P. Nikolaew, Die Revolution in Russland. Workers of All Countries, Unite! Published by the Central Committee” (Lenin Miscellany XXVI, p. 345).

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