V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written early in April 1912 Sent from Paris to Tiflis
Published: Printed from a copy written by Yelena Stasova. Published for the first time in the Fourth (Russian) Edition of the Collected Works.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 33.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Don’t be light-hearted about the campaign of the liquidators abroad. It is a great mistake when people simply dismiss what goes on abroad with a wave of the hand and “send it to hell”. The liquidators will cause a lot of confusion if they call their conference with the Bund + the Caucasian Regional Committee[2] + the Letts + liquidationist intellectuals. And they will call it! We must fight stubbornly, seriously and systematically. There must be a round tour and explanation everywhere of the liquidators’ deception. Reprint the long article in the last issue of Rabochaya Gazeta[3] as a leaflet. I advise you to print a number of leaflets immediately (all the important resolutions of the Conference are a must). With leaflets you will win everything. Be exceptionally careful in setting about Izvestia.[4] The paper will be a great pretext for the police. And it is more important than anything else to hold on until the elections. Remember that there are no replacements.


[1] This letter is a postscript to a letter written by N. K. -5 Krupskaya.—Ed.

[2] Caucasian Regional Committee—factional centre of the Caucasian Menshevik liquidators. It joined the anti-Party August bloc organised by Trotsky.

[3] Rabochaya Gazeta (Workers’ Gazette)—illegal popular organ of the Bolsheviks, published irregularly in Paris between 1910 and 1912.

Reference is to the article “What Should the People Be Taught about the Election Campaign?” published in Rabochaya Gazeta No. 8, March 17 (30), 1912.

[4] Izvestia (News)—the projected publication did not take place.

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