V. I.   Lenin


To:   S. I. GUSEV

Published: First published in 1925. Sent from Geneva to St. Petersburg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 298.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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February 25, 1905

We have just this moment learnt from Lyadov’s letter that the C.C. has agreed to a congress. [2]I adjure the Bureau by all that is holy not to believe the C.C. and not on any account to relinquish a single jot of their complete independence in convening the congress. The Bureau has no right to yield an inch to the C.C. If it does we here will raise a revolt and all the rock-firm committees will be with us. The C.C. has been invited to the congress, and let it come with the Mensheviks, but we and we alone are convening the congress. Vperyod No. 8, with the Bureau’s announcement and our energetic addendum, [1] will come out on Tuesday (February 28, 1905). For heaven’s sake, do everything to ensure that this letter is forwarded quickly to Lyadov, Sysoika and Zemlyachka.



[1] See present edition, Vol. 8.—Ed.

[2] A paragraph from Moscow reporting that a representative of the Central Committee had made a statement at a meeting to the effect that all the members of the C. C. agreed to the convening of the Third Congress was published in Vperyod No. 8, for February 28 (15), 1905. It was accompanied by an afterward “From the Editors” written by M. S. Olminsky. The afterward stated that the C.C. for some months had resisted a congress and dismissed the committees that had declared for it, and that now that its tactics had failed it was declaring its agreement to have a congress convened immediately, obviously with the intention of wrecking it. Lenin added to Olminsky’s text the following words: “We hope that neither the Bureau nor the local committees will let themselves be deceived by the subterfuges of the Party’s ‘Shidlovsky Commission’.”

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