V. I.   Lenin



To Absolut’s address
To the Members of the C.C. and the St. Petersburg
Committee from Lenin

Written: Written August 14, 1905
Published: First published in 1926 in Lenin Miscellany V. Sent from Geneva to St. Petersburg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 162b-163a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrades,

I have received a letter and a “statement” from Comrade Konstantin Sergeyevich, and consider it my duty to give the following reply, which I would ask all members of the St. Petersburg Committee to read. Needless to say, the conflict should be examined, in accordance with the Rules of the Party, by the Central Committee, and I am far from presuming to pass judgement from here. But in   view of the reference to the “Lushin letter” as emanating from abroad, I must express my opinion. Lushin is a despicable defector from the Majority to the Minority, offended for not having been invited to the Third Congress. The “Lushin letter” was published by the author (in the press) earlier, before the Third Congress, and contained the absurd charge that the Majority had shown insufficient resolution(!) in fighting the Minority. Comrade Konstantin Sergeyevich made a mistake in signing the letter, but to hold it against him would be the height of unreasonableness. It was a forgivable mistake for a man unfamiliar with the “mores” (or rather lack of mores) of the émigrés. Konstantin Sergeyevich himself dissociated himself at once from this Lushin person. Having known Konstantin Sergeyevich first as a splendid, one of the most valuable correspondents, and then having met him personally in Geneva, I must commend him as a worker, and resolutely object to the “Lushin letter” being used against him.[1]


[1]Lushin letter”—“Open Letter to the Delegates of the Third Congress”. Konstantin Sergeyevich (N. V. Doroshenko) was re moved from work in the St. Petersburg Committee for having   signed it. He was reinstated after Lenin had explained the circumstances.

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