V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written December 8 or 9, 1913
Published: First published in 1962 in Istorichesky Arkhiv No. 1. Sent from Cracow to St. Petersburg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 365c.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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What should have been written is: “Mr. Koltsov, you are a blackmailer, like Gamma is. I am not answering you.” I am angry, almost furious at the “conversation” with Koltsov!! Fancy calling such a scoundrel “dear comrade”. What is this? What do you call it??[1]


[1] The reference is to the article by M. Chernomazov (Firm), “An Answer to D. Koltsov”, published in Za Pravdu No. 42, November 23, 1913. The article was in response to “An Open Letter to M. Finn” by the Menshevik Koltsov (B. Ginsburg) published in Novaya Rabochaya Gazeta No. 87, November 20, 1913. Koltsov, who took part in the smear campaign against the Bolsheviks in connection with the Dansky affair (see Note 298), accused Chernomazov of lying and slander because the latter declared that Koltsov him self, while serving in the Council of the Oil Industrialists’ Congress in Baku, had acted in a similar role as Dansky, who was accused of political double-dealing by Novaya Rabochaya Gazeta. In his “An Answer to D. Koltsov”, beginning with the address “Dear Comrade”, Chernomazov stated that he had read “An Open Letter to M. Firin” with “a feeling of deep pain” and upheld his position in a polemic with Koltsov.

This document is a postscript to L. B. Kamenev’s letter addressed to the editors of Za Pravdu.

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