V. I.   Lenin


To:   A. I. RYKOV

Written: Written February 17, 1911
Published: First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVIII. Sent from Paris to Berlin. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 268b-269a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Al.,

We are sending you some novelties:

1) Igor’s statement (copy) submitted by him today to the Central Committee Bureau Abroad.[1] [3]

2) The resolution of the San Remo “group” (read Plekhanov “and his household”).

Today Lieber told the C.C. Bureau Abroad that Adrianov is near Moscow and that according to his, Lieber’s, information the question of whether to call the C.C. in Russia or abroad is being discussed.

In our opinion Mikhail Mironych must be sent to the Samovars[2] (we are trying to send him to you tomorrow, i.e., to get him to leave tomorrow. I spoke to him today and he agreed). He has a reason for finding it inconvenient to go to Russia just now, but the reason is unimportant and he has agreed to go to Russia also. Here is what you should do: send him at once with two assignments: (1) to send Lyubich abroad immediately; (2) to see the Samovars and persuade them to decide for abroad and leave.

It is unreasonable, absurd, mad to risk failure when in the enclosed official paper Igor expresses himself in favour of abroad and even promises to get not only Adrianov abroad, but also the “London candidates”[4] (i.e., Roman+   Adrianov, in any case two: hence the obvious and imperative need for Lyubich, otherwise our three will not make the majority).

Tomorrow we are sending the theses for the declaration on the liquidators and otzovists.

With best regards,


[1] Return at once after reading (and making a copy). —Lenin

[2] Samovars—V. P. Nogin and G. D. Leiteisen (Lindov), members of the Russia Bureau of the R.S.D.L.P. Central Committee residing at the time in Tula.—Ed.

[3] A reference to a statement submitted by B. Gorev (Igor) on February 17, 1911, to the C.C. Bureau Abroad on the question of where to bold the plenary meeting of the C.C. and the candidates put forward by the Mensheviks (see Lenin Miscellany XVIII, pp. 16–17).

[4] According to the rules of the C.C. adopted by the January 1910 plenary meeting of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P., alternate members of the C.C. elected by the Fifth (London) Congress of the R.S.D.L.P. and “carrying out Party work of any kind in Russia” could take part in the work of the plenary meeting. The Mensheviks advanced the candidacy of Roman (K. M. Yermolayev), who together with other liquidators had sabotaged the work of the Bureau of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P., in Russia for a year and a half.

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