V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written October 3, 1905
Published: First published in 1926. Sent from Geneva to Russia. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 344.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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I received your Letuchy Listok No. 2 for June 24, 19O5, only today, October 3, 1905, new style. (It takes the “United Centre” three months to inform its members....)

The article: “Fundamentals of Party Organisation” is very good. I can imagine what it’s like to have to chew over the ABC to the Mensheviks! But you have to. The writer of the article has made an excellent job of it. I am thinking of publishing it in Proletary.[1] It is late, of course, but better late than never.

This article has set me thinking that you can and should see to it that the C.C. is not mute but always articulate. The time is past for ideological leadership through “whisperings” in secret meeting places and rendezvous with agents! Leadership should be through political literature. Rabochy is not suitable for that, it has a different role to perform. You must decidedly issue a C.C. bulletin in a format not exceeding two printed pages, but you should issue it twice a week. It would contain a short article on a political, tactical or organisational subject, then brief, minor items of three lines each. Only (1) it must be printed, for the hectograph is now very bad (is there not some small equipment that operates rapidly?) and (2) it must be done punctually and frequently.

Your plan of converting Rabochy into a smaller weekly newspaper is not clear to me. In my opinion, a popular organ is one thing (I am not in favour of it, but the Congress decided on it, so that’s that), and a bulletin of really guiding political articles of a general kind is another. You have three or four good contributors, so it would be as easy as anything to get two small articles every week, and the significance would be tremendous!


[1] A. A. Bogdanov’s article “Fundamentals of Party Organisation” was not published in Proletary.

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