V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after January 22, 1913
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent from Cracow to Berlin. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 334b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

I shall try to fulfil your request and send you the Russian sheets.[2] This is rather difficult now, though, and one cannot count on too much: publishing in Russia is very poor and they are very reluctant to send us publications from there, although we always ask for them. There were 2–3 sheets in St. Petersburg before 9. I. 1913.

As regards Polish literature, you are mistaken in thinking that I am well placed. I have no means of approach to the P.P.S. Get them through the O.C. and the liquidators. I have no contacts with the Social-Democratic “Zarzadists”[1] (Rosa and Tyszka) either.

Please send me for a week or so Izvestia of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P., 1907, both numbers—I need them badly.[3] I shall return them in due time.

I enclose the letter to Comrade Kuznetsov which you asked for.[4]

With comradely greetings,
N. Lenin


[1] Supporters of the Executive of the Social-Democracy of the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania.—Ed.

[2] Lenin’s letter is a reply to that of G. M. Vyazmensky, Manager of the Archives of the Russian Social-Democrats in Berlin, who asked Lenin to send Polish illegal literature and all illegal publications of the R.S.D.L.P. to stock the archives; he offered to send Izvestia of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P. for 1907 which Lenin saw during his first visit to the archives in the summer of 1912 and which he badly needed.

[3] Izvestia of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P.—an illegal Bolshevik newspaper, published in St. Petersburg from July 16 (29) to October 11 (24), 1907. Three numbers were issued.

[4] This was a letter of introduction by Lenin to N. V. Kuznetsov (Sapozhkov), sent to Paris, in which Lenin apparently asked that illegal Social-Democratic literature for the socialist archives in Berlin be handed over to Vyazmensky. According to Vyazmensky’s report, he visited Paris in January-February 1913 and Kuznetsov handed over to him several valuable numbers of illegal publications by the Bolshevik committees of the Urals.

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