V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on February 25, 1913
Published: First published in full in the Fifth (Russian) Edition of the Collected Works. Sent from Cracow to Paris. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, pages 90-91.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear L. B.,

I am sending you Poletayev’s letter (return it immediately) and a short article (also to be returned)....[1]

I have read Current Topics. What scoundrels! But, we don’t know whether to attack or keep silent about these young pigs. Is it really worth pitching into them now? What is your opinion?

My view is that they ought to he hammered a little, but not too much, in the next issue of the C.O.[3]

Your report, seems to have turned out wonderfully well__

A thousand greetings!


P.S. Good news from Petersburg, Moscow Region and the South. The workers’ illegal organisation is growing and taking shape. A reform of Pravda has begun.

Troyanowsky is starting something like an intrigue on account of Koba’s article for Prosveshcheniye: “The Problem of Nationalities and Social-Democracy”. He wants it to be stated that the article is for discussion, because Galina is for cultural-national autonomy!!

Of course we are absolutely against. The article is a very good one. It’s a burning question, and we shall not give up one iota of our attitude in principle against the Bundist rabble.

It may “blow over”, but ... tenez vous pour averti![2]

We have decided to attack the Vperyodists. Get Miron to write whether there is enough money for four pages of the C.O.

Have you read “The Meteor” in Russkoye Bogatstvo? What is it? A lampoon?


[1] The manuscript is damaged in places. Several words hero and below are illegible.—Ed.

[2] Bear it in mind.—Ed.

[3] Sotsial-Demokrat (Social-Democrat)—central organ of the R.S.D.L.P., an illegal paper published abroad from February 1908 to January 1917. Lenin was virtually in charge of the paper, which printed more than 80 of his articles and short items. During the period of reaction (1907–10) and the subsequent revolutionary revival Sotsial-Demokrat was of enormous significance in the Bolsheviks’ campaign against the liquidators, Trotskyists and otzovists, for the preservation of the illegal Marxist party and strengthening of its ties with the masses.

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