V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written in Geneva
Published: First published in 1926 in Lenin Miscellany V. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 155.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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October 25, 1905

Dear Friends,

I have just received your letter about my appointment to the International Bureau[1] (it is a pity that you did not appoint Orlovsky, but we can discuss that when we meet) and about a meeting at Odessa (Berlin). It is essential to have a meeting as soon as possible. Instead of Odessa, I can suggest Warsaw (Königsberg)[2]—all the conditions are the same, but it’s nearer and more unexpected for the police. In the latter place all could be ready for you in four days, given the best possible conditions (a legal passport), on which I advise you to begin working energetically at once. Given worse conditions, the period is still very short, and it would be a good thing, if possible, to increase the number of participants. If you decide on an unfamiliar city (Königsberg is 22 hours from St. Petersburg) the meeting could be appointed in a cafe, hotel, or tavern, with the aid of a guide-book.

I am writing this very day to the I. Bureau for information about the conference and its date; directly I receive the reply, I will forward it to you. Please hurry with our meeting, regardless even of the conference with the I.  Bureau.

Were minutes taken at the inter-Party conference? If they were, send them to us without fail.


[1] International Socialist Bureau—the executive organ of the Second International, was established by decision of the Paris Congress   of 1900. Lenin was a member of the Bureau from 1905 to 1912 as a representative of the R.S.D.L.P.

[2] For reasons of secrecy Berlin was called Odessa, and Königsberg— Warsaw.

Further on, the reference is to the general meeting of C.C. and C.O. members with Lenin, which is also mentioned in his letter of October 5, 1905 (see present edition, Vol. 34, pp. 348–49).

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