V. I.   Lenin



Published: Sent from Paris. Printed from a copy written by Nadezhda Krupskaya. Published for the first time in the Fourth (Russian) Edition of the Collected Works.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, pages 34-35.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
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April 16, 1912

Dear Friends 

For God’s sake give us more contacts. Contacts, contacts, contacts, that’s what we haven’t got. Without this everything is unstable. Remember that two have already left the scene, there are no replacements for them. Without contacts everything will fall to pieces alter one or two further arrests. You must without fail set up regional committees (or simply groups of trusted agents), linked up with us, for every region. Without this everything is shaky. As regards publication, you should press on with reprinting the entire resolution about the elections,[3] to make it everywhere available in full and among the masses.

As regards the money, it is time to stop being naive about the Germans. Trotsky is now in full command there, and carrying on a furious struggle. You must send us a mandate to take the matter to the courts, otherwise we shall get nothing. We have already sent the May Day leaflet everywhere. I advise you to publish the appeal to the peasants about the elections as a leaflet (from Rabochaya Gazeta: the peasantry and the elections).[2] Make sure of republishing the long article from Rabochaya Gazeta. This is an essential supplement to the platform, in which a very   important paragraph about socialism has been omitted. Write! Contacts, contacts. Greetings.

P.S. Vorwärts is printing the most brazen lies, as, for example, that all Russia has already declared in favour of the Bundist-Lettish conference. It’s Trotsky and Co. who are writing, and the Germans believe them. Altogether, Trotsky is boss in Vorwärts. The foreign department is controlled by Hilferding, Trotsky’s friend.


[1] This letter was sent via the Kiev Committee of the R.S.D.L.P. —Ed.

[2] See “The Peasantry and the Elections to the Fourth Duma” (present edition, Vol. 17, pp. 529–31).—Ed.

[3] Reference is to the resolution “Elections to the Fourth Duma”, adopted by the Sixth (Prague) All-Russia Conference of the R.S.D.L.P. in 1912.

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