V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent to Clarens (Switzerland). Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 73.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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January 25, 1913

Dear Comrade,

In answer to your request, I am sending you as brief an “exposé” as possible.[1] If you had not added that “the history of the polemics” would not be barred from your book, it would have been quite impossible to give an account of Bolshevism.

Moreover, doubt has been aroused in my mind by your sentence: “I shall try to make no changes in your account.” I must lay down as a condition for it being printed that there are to be no changes whatsoever. (As to purely censorship changes we could, of course, come to a special arrangement.)

If it doesn’t suit, please return the sheet.

With fraternal greetings,
N. Lenin

My address is: Wl. Uljanow. 47. Lubomirskiego. Krakau. Autriche.


[1] Lenin refers to his article “On Bolshevism”, which was written for the second volume of N. A. Rubakin’s book Sredi Knig (Among Hooks) (see present edition, Vol. 18, pp. 485–86).

On January 10 (N.S.), 1913, Rubakin wrote Lenin a letter asking him for a “brief exposé (not more than one sheet of notepaper) ... of the very essence of Bolshevism and to indicate the books where this essence is expounded”. Lenin’s article in the second volume of Sredi Knig was published without alterations.

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