V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on February 19, 1913
Published: First published in 1923 in the hook Iz epokhi “Zvezdy” i “Pravdy” (1911–14), Part III. Sent from Cracow to St. Petersburg. Printed from the typewritten copy found in police records.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 82.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Today we have learned of the beginning of reform in Dyen.[1] A thousand greetings, congratulations and wishes for success. At long last you have managed to begin the reform. You cannot imagine to what extent we have been exhausted by working with a sullenly hostile editorial board. Additional for Nos. 1 and 3[2]: we are surprised that you could take offence or be displeased at the sharp letter with the three-ruble note enclosed. All the sharpness was directed precisely against those editors whom you happily have begun to throw out. Sharpness against those who should be thrown out, what is bad about that? Once again we congratulate you on the beginning of the reform. The letter by No. 3 in Dyen is magnificent, and the other letters too. Reply whether you have received the draft of the Budget speech. Send us as much material as possible. One cannot work without it. The speech on the Budget could be expanded to twice the size, if there were material. The statements of the numbers[3] are excellent. I congratulate them with all my heart. Please repeat the second address for letters to the students: we have some doubt about the name. Please send us addresses for literature as soon as possible.

How about No. 10[4]? Surely, as a pupil of A.,  he may become a number. What is the circulation of Vechernaya Pochta[5]? Did Jan’s comrades receive what he sent? Ask No. 3. Warm greetings.


[1] See Note 89.

[2] See Note 88.

[3] Reference is to the letters from the Bolshevik deputies in the Fourth Duma that were published in Pravda in January–February 1913 under the heading “Local Impressions of the Deputies of the Social-Democratic Group”.

[4] Lenin refers to V. I. Khaustov (b. 1884)—a Social-Democrat, Menshevik, and one of the deputies to the Fourth Duma who belonged to the Social-Democratic group.

[5] Vechernaya Pochta (Evening Post)—cover name for the Menshevik liquidators’ paper Luch.

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