V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written September 17, 1909, in Paris and mailed to a local address
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 219b-220a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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In view of the circulation among Social-Democratic groups abroad of a printed leaflet signed “Sasha” (the leaflet is enclosed) containing charges against the Editorial Board   of Proletary,[1] and, further, in view of the fact that some of the opponents of Proletary from among both the Bolsheviks “removed” after the recent conference and the Mensheviks are using this leaflet to involve the groups in a discussion of a “sensational affair” which in no way comes within the competence of any local Party groups or is subject to examination by them, the Editorial Board of Proletary requests the C.C. of the R.S.D.L.P. to investigate the charges made by “Sasha”, to examine the substance of these charges and to hand down an official decision of the Party’s highest body.


[1] This letter was written in connection with the circulation abroad by some otzovists of a leaflet alleging that the Bolshevik Centre had declined to render assistance to persons suspected of being involved in an expropriation in the Urals.

In the Supplement to Proletary No. 47–48 the editors refuted   the allegation and announced that the Editorial Board of Proletary had asked the C.C., R.S.D.L.P., to investigate the matter.

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