V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written in early November 1905
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 171b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear L.,

Please do take the trouble to write a short article or even a paragraph about your interview with Guesde, Lafargue and Bracke concerning the provisional revolutionary government and our participation in it. We need it for Proletary (or for Novaya Zhizn,[1] depending on the circumstances). You must write, if only a few lines, and as soon as possible![2]

N. Lenin


[1] Novaya Zhizn (New Life)—the first legal Bolshevik newspaper, published daily from October 27 (November 9) to December 3 (16), 1905, in St. Petersburg. After Lenin’s arrival from abroad in the beginning of November it came out under his direct guidance. Novaya Zhizn was in effect the Central Organ of the R.S.D.L.P.

On December 2, after 27 issues had come out, it was sup pressed by the tsarist government.

[2] During the Châlon Congress of the Socialist Party of France, G. D. Leiteisen interviewed Bracke-Desrousseaux, Paul Lafargue and Jules Guesde. To the main question concerning their attitude towards the participation of the Russian Social-Democrats in a provisional revolutionary government they all answered that they considered such participation obligatory.

The replies were published in full in Proletary No. 26, November 25 (12), 1905, under the heading “Guesdists and the Participation of the Russian Social-Democrats in a Provisional Revolutionary Government”.

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