V. I. Lenin

Draft Agreement Between the R.S.D.L.P. C.C. and
The Priboi Group on its Recognition as the R.S.D.L.P. C.C. Publishers{1}

Published: First published in 1982 in the magazine Istorichesky Arkhiv No. 1. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 41, pages 291.2-292.1.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I n t r o d u c t i o n X)) merits and Important role.

I In view of the advance of the business and the need for official recognition, it should be correctly constituted a s t h e C. C. P u b l i s h e r s on the following principles:

a) the group shall autonomously conduct the administrative and organisational sector;

b) all books and material which are not urgent shall be submitted to the C.C. for preliminary review, and the urgent ones shall be published without such submission, but with the C.C. representative having the right of veto.

In the event of differences and the impossibility of agreement, the question shall be referred to the full C.C. collegium for the final decision.

The same full collegium shall decide the question of publishing pamphlets in the event of any differences between the C.C. representative and the Priboi collegium on the question of pamphlets coming in through the C.C. representative.

c) The C.C. appoints Comrade X to take charge of the financial side of its publishers.

August 7, 1913


{1} The legal Bolshevik Priboi Publishers was set up in St. Petersburg in early 1913 and operated under the direction of the Party’s Central Committee. It responded to various questions of the working-class movement. Emerging during the “insurance campaign” it issued many publications on workers’ social insurance. Subsequently, on instructions from the Party’s C.C., it devoted much attention to the issue of popular agitation and propaganda pamphlets on socio-political and Party questions. In view of the intensified persecution of the workers’ press by the tsarist government at the start of the First World War, Priboi had to cease its activity and resumed it only in March 1917. In 1918, it was integrated with Kommunist Publishers, which had been set up as a merger of several publishing houses (Volna, Zhizn i Znaniye, etc.). p. 291

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