V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written March 24, 1912
Published: First published in 1930 in the journal Proletarskaya Revolyutsiya No. 4. Sent from Paris. Printed from a typewritten copy (made by the police).
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, page 474.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Anna Ilyinichna Yelizarova,
Ugodnikovskaya Street, 26,

I have been sitting at home lately working on a translation[1] and have seen little of what is going on in Paris. Among our people here, by the way, there is more bickering and abuse of each other than there has been for a long time— there probably never has been so much before. All the groups and sub-groups have joined forces against the last conference and those who organised it, so that matters even went as far as fisticuffs at meetings here.[2]

In short, there is so little here that is interesting or even pleasant that it’s not worth writing.


[1] It is not known which translation Lenin refers to.—Ed.

[2] After all the attempts of the liquidators, Trotskyites and conciliators to prevent the Prague Conference of the R.S.D.L.P. had been defeated, they launched a savage campaign against the decisions of the conference in order to discredit them.

The Sixth (Prague) All-Russia Conference of the R.S.D.L.P. was convened by the Bolsheviks; it was held from January 18 to January 30,1912; it expelled the Menshevik liquidators from the Party and strengthened the Party as a nation-wide organisation; the conference laid down the political line and tactics of the Party in the new period of revolutionary upsurge, and elected the. Central Committee. A Russian Bureau of the C.C. was set up to guide the work in Russia.

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