V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written between June 18 and 22, 1913
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent from Poronin to Berlin. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 260.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

I have received and read your article. I think the subject was well chosen and has been correctly elaborated, but the article will need some polishing up. There is far too much—how shall I put it?—-“agitation”, which is out of place in an article on a theoretical subject. Either you yourself, I think, ought to work it over, or we could do it.

Many thanks for your news of Kostrov. Please ask Avel to write and inform us more frequently. This is important, because we know nothing.

Could you obtain and translate Kostrov’s Georgian articles (a) against the liquidators, (b) on the national question, for cultural-national autonomy, (c) the most important, against Plekhanov’s preface to Arkomed,[1] against Plekhanov’s defence of hegemony?

I am going away to Berne for a few weeks. On my return, I hope, we shall discuss things again in our letters.

Best wishes,

P.S. Thanks for the issue of Pravda.[2]


[1] S. T. Arkomed’s book The Labour Movement and Social-Democracy in the Caucasus with a preface by G. V. Plekhanov, Geneva, 1910.

N. Jordania (Kostrov) contributed his articles to the Georgian magazine Tskaro (Source) published in Baku and to the newspaper Chveni Tskhovreba (Our Life).

[2] Pravda No. 119, May 25, 1913, with the article Doubtful Lapse by V. (M. S. Olminsky).

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