V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on November 2, 1912
Published: First published in 1956 in the Journal Kommunist No. 5. Sent from Cracow to St. Petersburg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 199.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

We learned only today of the liquidators’ victory in St. Petersburg. An analysis of the figures makes it clear that they were got through by non-Social-Democrats, namely, the 11 “non-Party” men who voted for the non-Party Stepanov. But the figures are incomplete. It is extremely, extremely important to have the complete figures, i.e., (1) the number of votes for and against all 13 candidates; the newspapers give only the figures for 9 candidates (3 liquidators and 6 of ours); those for 3 liquidators and 1 non-Party candidate are missing. Make every effort to collect these data. Let several representatives write to the editors of the papers to establish this fact, if the minutes cannot be found. The importance of these figures is extremely great. Spare no effort to discover them. (2) There should be a poll of the representatives on who voted how. This is of particular importance with respect to “our” 7 Putilov workers+2 of ours from the Semyannikov Works. Collect the information as speedily, as fully and as precisely as possible. It is extremely important to learn from the representatives how the 11 non-Party men voted (apparently they all voted steadily for the liquidators, but it is desirable to collect direct evidence).


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