V. I.   Lenin

The Meeting of the C.C. Members of the R.S.D.L.P.

May 28–June 4 (June 10–17), 1911



Letter to the Meeting of the C.C. Members of the R.S.D.L.P. Abroad[1]

Igorev’s piece of paper dated June 1, 1911, once again shows the disgraceful game being played around the convening of the C.C.; that policy of delay and sabotage which the Central Organ of our Party has been exposing for a long time, over a period of several months.

Igorev’s assertion that Yudin and Kostrov[2] comprise a temporary Bureau or even a part of it, is out and out lying. Over a long period of months, when Makar and Lindov[3] (after Innokenty) constituted the Bureau organisation, selected agents, arranged a number of visits connected with the affairs of the central organisation, organised meetings with agents and candidates for co-option (Makar and Katsap[4] and others, with Milyutin and others), established contact with the general Party centre for Social-Democratic work in the Duma, and with the city Social-Democratic circles at the time of the elections (Moscow), etc., etc., no such work was carried out either by Yudin or Kostrov. Precisely none, absolutely none of this kind of activity was carried out by either one of them.

Not a single official body of the Party abroad (neither the Central Organ nor the Central Committee Bureau Abroad) received a single formal notification of the co-option of Yudin and Kostrov to the Bureau.

For a period of more than two months following the arrest of Makar and Lindov, not a single piece of paper, not a single letter was received and no one heard a sound about Yudin or Kostrov regarding their work in the Bureau. Not only were Yudin and Kostrov not recognised by anyone as members of the Bureau (as were, without any argument, Makar   and Lindov), but neither did Yudin or Kostrov ask for a kopek, and, unlike Makar and Lindov, they did not inform the Central Committee Bureau Abroad that they comprised the Bureau.

In such a state of affairs we maintain that Igorev’s reference to Kostrov and Yudin comprising the “Bureau” is a mockery of the Party, is deception of the Party. We shall expose this deception.

Further, after the experience of Inok, Makar and others, and following the exposure by Olgin,[5] etc., we regard all attempts to revive the Central Committee in Russia with the old C.C. members, elected in London, as playing right into Stolypin’s hands. We warn the Party against those who are angling for uninformed people, who send Central Committee members where conditions are impossible, who send them on jobs that cannot be done, straight into the hands of the police.

Finally, as regards the “plan” to call a plenary meeting in a month’s time, announced in Igorev’s paper of June 1, 1911, but of which he said nothing to the Central Committee Bureau Abroad, we draw the Party’s attention to a new intrigue of the liquidators in connection with the convening of the Central Committee.

No Central Committee can be convened within a month, but it is possible to “bring together” fictitious Central Committee members—that is the kernel of the Golos intrigue.

Since the Plenary Meeting, four Bolshevik members of the Central Committee (Meshkovsky + Innokenty + Makar + Lindov) have been lost while engaged in the Central Committee work. The Mensheviks have not lost one member, for not one of them has been working!!

And so now, the Golos group dare to propose a period of a month calculating on bringing in such individuals as Pyotr[6] who, for a whole year and a half (since the Plenary Meeting) has not done a single stroke of work, who not once put in an appearance at the Bureau. The Golos group know that within a month it is not possible to “bring together” Bolsheviks who are in exile either following a trial or by administrative decision.

They sent the Central Committee to Russia “in order that it might be destroyed there”!

They lived to see the day when all the Bolsheviks had been arrested.

They were able to save all the fictitious Menshevik members who had been inactive.

They want to fix a period of one month in which ficticious Central Committee members like Pyotr could be brought there, and Bolsheviks who were working could not even be notified!

They are wrong if they think that the game the liquidators are playing with the convocation of a plenary meeting will not be disclosed to the Party!

Written between May 19 and 23 (June 1 and 5), 1911



[1] The manuscript had no heading. The heading has been provided by the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the Central Committee of the C.P.S.U.

[2] Yudin (I. L. Eisenstadt), Kostrov (N. N. Zhordaniya)—members of the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P., Menshevik-liquidators.

[3] Makar (V. P. Nogin), Lindov (G. D. Leiteisen)—members of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P., Bolshevik-conciliators, arrested at the end of March 1911.

[4] Katsap—A. Polyakov.

[5] For the exposure by Olgin (pro-Party Menshevik, V. P. Fomin)

[6] Pyotr (N. V. Ramishvili)—member of the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P., one of the leaders of the Georgian Menshevik liquidators.

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