V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1935 in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 5. Sent from Poronin to Berlin. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 348b-349a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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7/VI. 1913

Dear Comrade,

I have received and read the translation of Berzin’s whole article.

It is a good article. The only bad thing about it is that passage that roused my ire. But I asked you right away to send me the whole article, thus showing that I considered it necessary to read it as a whole. While scolding Berzin for part of his article, I asked you to send me the whole article. It follows from this that you were rather hasty in forwarding to Berzin my angry comment on this part of his article.

Berzin has written me a letter in which he says that I was probably ill-informed. (Naturally, one cannot be well informed of a whole article from just one part of it!)

Berzin’s whole article convinces me that he cannot be put on a par with Braun. Berzin’s article, I repeat, is a good article; it leads one to think that the difference of opinion between us (concerning appraisal of the Stockholm decision, etc.) does not involve any basic principles. It is hardly worth beginning an immediate discussion of this difference in the press. It looks as if Berzin is coming with us.

If you have already sent a reply (for the press) to Berzin, I would advise you to hold it up and send it to me: we shall talk it over.

Let me know as soon as you can what you have done with my draft of a platform.

All the best,


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