V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written July 24, 1912
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 48. Sent from Cracow to Paris. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 291-292a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear L. B.,

We sent you Nevskaya Zvezda No. 16 yesterday.

We too were exasperated in the extreme by No. 6 of Nevsky Golos and have already sent a letter of protest to Pravda. We are writing some more today for No. 17 of Nevskaya Zvezda....[1]

Party candidates” must not be mentioned in the legal press; we can speak about them in C. C. leaflets and Rabochaya Gazeta.

Moving here has given us so far: 1) a gain of one day (closer); 2) the arrival of Abramchik (this is a secret). He is already here. It seems he will help us at the frontier. And perhaps (this is still open to question) also with the St. Petersburg elections; 3) the hope of arranging a number of meetings. For this two[2] are already on their way. If they are not arrested, this will be useful. But everything moves slowly and with one arrest after another.

As for the newspaper, this is what should be done: subscribe to Russkiye Vedomosti[3] for yourself (you take the R.V. anyway) and send it to us 4–5 days later, a couple of times a week. We shall pay for it. You can’t get more out of Pravda, for its circulation, they say, has fallen to 30,000 and things are hard....

Send by post ... the Vperyod [leaflet] (I haven’t got it) and all those put out in Paris. You must arrange without fail for the publication of the [C.O.A.] bulletins (modest ones for the time being) listing the Paris [leaflets] and giving a brief review of each.

You promised to get something from Yuri about Plekhanov’s party report. Nothing has been received so far. Send it!!

And what did Plekhanov have to say about T. and Ger—n?...



[1] Manuscript partly damaged. Here and further several words illegible. Words in square brackets have been inserted as context suggests.—Ed.

[2] A reference evidently to Inessa Armand and G. I. Safarov.—Ed.

[3] Russkiye Vedomosti (Russian Recorder)—a newspaper voicing the views of the moderate liberal intelligentsia, founded in Moscow in 1863. Beginning with 1905 it was the organ of the Right wing of the Constitutional-Democratic Party. The paper was closed down in 1918 together with other counter-revolutionary publications.

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