V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on July 20, 1910
Published: First published in 1925 in Lenin Miscellany III. Sent from Paris to Berlin. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 171.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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July 20 

Werter Genosse,[1]

I have just learned from Warski that two of the Golos people (who were at the plenum) are already in Russia. The situation is critical. Since the plenum, we have lost three Bolsheviks.[2] We can’t afford any more. It’s all up, unless the Poles come to our rescue. It’s all over, unless you get a second Polish C.C. man, and send him along with Hanecki for 2–3 weeks, in order to convoke the collegium at all costs only to carry through the “measures” and for co-opting purposes.[3] It depends on you. We have done everything possible, lost three, can’t afford any more. Write to me as follows: Mr. Oulianoff. Rue Mon Désir. Villa les Roses. Pornic (Loire-Inférieure). France. I shall be there until August 23—then at Copenhagen.[4]

Warm greetings to Rosa.

N. Lenin


[1] Dear Comrade.—Ed.

[2] Soon after the C.C. Plenum in January 1910, I. F. Dubrovinsky (Innokenty), V. P. Nogin (Maker) and I. P. Goldenberg ( Meshkovsky) were arrested in Russia.

[3] A reference to the convocation of the Russian section (collegium) of the C.C. and co-optation of new members. The latter became necessary because of the arrest of a number of C.C. members elected at the London Congress in 1907. The liquidators, who took a negative attitude to the resumption of C.C. activity in Russia, strongly opposed the meeting of the remaining C.C. members and co-optation of new ones. Their formal refusal to take part in the effort to restore the C.C. served as the immediate cause for the cancellation of the agreement concluded at the C.C. Plenary Meeting in January 1910. As a result of Lenin’s insistent demand J. J. Marchlewski went to Russia.

[4] A reference to Lenin’s trip to Copenhagen for the Eighth International Socialist Congress of the Second International.

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