V. I.   Lenin



To Comrade Mark

Written: Written 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 245b-246a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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April 10, 1910

Dear Comrade,

Yesterday’s conference convinced us finally of Some thing about Which we had little doubt even before it, namely, that you in no way represent the Bolshevik trend which you claim to represent in the C.C. Bureau Abroad.

Having every ground for considering ourselves representatives of the Bolshevik trend, on the strength of letters   from like-minded comrades in Russia and of the policy pursued by the Bolsheviks living abroad, we declare that your wavering policy, your willingness to tolerate the presence in the C.C. Bureau Abroad of Igor, a liquidator and plotter against the Party, to cover up the disruption by him of Party unity[2] (instead of exposing Igor, of presenting an ultimatum to the C.C. demanding his removal and resolutely combating the liquidators and upholding the alliance of the Bolsheviks and the pro-Party Mensheviks, an alliance which alone could perhaps save the cause of unity)—this behaviour of yours convinces us that you, willingly or unwillingly, are a pawn in the hands of the liquidators.

We reserve the right, to bring our statement to the attention of the Bolsheviks and, if need be, the entire Party and press.

Bolshevik members of the Central Organ Lenin[1]


[1] The letter was also signed by G. Y. Zinoviev.—Ed.

[2] The disruption of Party unity by C.C. Bureau Abroad member B. Gorev-Goldman (Igor) referred to here consisted in the following. On March 16, 1910, the C.C. Bureau Abroad published as a leaflet the letter “To All Comrades Abroad” urging all groups to abide by the decisions of the January 1910 plenary meeting of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P., to take the most vigorous steps to put an end to the organisational division, to follow the example of the Bolsheviks and close factional organs. Together with the representative of the Bund in the C.C. Bureau Abroad, Gorev-Goldman voted against endorsing the letter. This was made public by the Editorial Board of Golos Sotsial-Demokrata in its “Letter to Comrades”.

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