V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after August 21, 1913
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXV. Sent from Poronin to St. Petersburg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 359b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday I sent to Prosveshcheniye a long article “How Vera Zasulich Demolishes Liquidationism”.[1] If Severnaya Pravda is still coming out I suggest publishing this article in six feuilletons, one section per feuilleton, the manuscript, however, to be preserved and returned immediately to Prosveshcheniye.

I repeat, I cannot work without seeing the newspapers. A thousand requests—and still you do not send either Rabochaya Pravda[3] and Zhivaya Zhizn[4] (sets), or Severnaya Pravda and Novaya Rabochaya Gazeta.[5] This used to be done before.

Why publish daily, I don’t understand. I advise changing over to a weekly issue. What is the daily loss? What is the circulation?

Greetings and best wishes!

The promised and long-earned fee from Pravda has not been received! This is becoming insulting!!


[1] See present edition, Vol. 19, pp. 394–416.—Ed.

[2] Severnaya Pravda (Northern Truth)—one of the names under which the Bolshevik Pravda was issued from August 1 (14) to September 7 (20), 1913. Altogether 31 numbers were issued.

[3] Rabochaya Pravda (Workers’ Truth)—one of the names under which the Bolshevik newspaper Pravda was issued from July 13 (26) to August 1 (14), 1913.

[4] Zhivaya Zhizn (Living Life)—a legal daily of the Menshevik liquidators, published in St. Petersburg from July 11 (24), 1913; it was a successor to the liquidators’ newspaper Luch. Altogether 19 numbers were issued. The paper was closed down on August 1 (14).

A critical analysis of Vera Zasulich’s article “Apropos of a Certain Question” was given by Lenin in his article “How Vera Zasulich Demolishes Liquidationism” (see present edition, Vol. 19, pp. 394–416).

[5] Novaya Rabochaya Gazeta (New Workers’ Gazette)—a daily newspaper of the Menshevik liquidators, published in St. Petersburg in lieu of Zhivaya Zhizn from August 8 (21), 1913, to January 23 (February 5), 1914. Lenin often called it “New Liquidators’ Gazette”.

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