V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on July 20, 1913
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent from Berne to Zurich. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 261.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Georgi,

I don’t know anything about the conference.[3] Decide for yourselves.

N. K.’s treatment is dragging out, and I shall be staying here another fortnight, or maybe longer. I don’t know exactly.

The Ukrainian’s article is very good.[4] The main thing is that he is a centralist. This is so rare and so valuable in our rotten times that you and Yuri[5] must without fail get to know him closer, get to know the man.

The article requires not so much corrections of style (that’s nothing) as explanations by the author. He must write one more article. I am writing about this on the next page[1] ; you and Yuri read it, and decide for yourselves whether to let the Ukrainian read it, or whether it is better for you to tell him what it says.

Beste Grüsse,[2]
N. Lenin


[1] See p. 262 of this volume.—Ed.

[2] Best greetings.—Ed.

[3] The Second, Berne, Conference of R.S.D.L.P. Organisations Abroad at which Lenin gave his report, “The State of Affairs in the Party”, on August 3, 1913.

[4] An apparent reference to the article “From the History of Ukrainian Marxism” by O. N. Lola (V. Stepanyuk), published in Prosveshcheniye (Enlightenment) No. 6, June 1914.

[5] Yuri—apparently, A. Bekzadian, a Social-Democrat (Bolshevik) who carried on active underground work in Baku in 1904–06. During the years of reaction he lived abroad.

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