V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written December 5, 1912
Published: First published in 1960 in the journal Istorichesky Arkhiv No. 2. Sent from Cracow to St. Petersburg. Printed from a typewritten copy found in police records.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 311b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

I hasten to inform you that I received your letter of November 15, 1912. The address evidently functions well—you can continue to use it. We were greatly upset by your temporary withdrawal from Pravda and are very glad that you have returned. Communication with Pravda staff has been very unsatisfactory lately, especially after the unfortunate developments of the past few days.[1] This is very painful. We would be very pleased if, now that you have tested the address and seen that your letter has reached us, you would write more about yourself, about the present Editorial Board of Pravda, about how Pravda is run, about its opponents, about Luch, and so on.

What is the need for confirmation through the Editorial Board of Pravda? I do not understand.

Greetings and best wishes from myself and my colleague.

V. Ilyin


[1] A reference to the arrest of Pravda editor N. N. Baturin in November 1912.

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