V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written between April 7 and 23, 1914
Published: First published in 1956 in the Journal Kommunist No. 5. Sent from Cracow to St. Petersburg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, pages 277-278.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I would ask the editorial board to let me know whether my second article[1] is being published. It ought to be. If there is no room, drop me a line. Otherwise I cannot write the continuation.

I ask you particularly not to be late (as you were with No. 2 of Borba) in sending me Yedinstvo: the “pro-Party Bolsheviks”[2] on it should, in my opinion, be held up as a laughing-stock, with the straightforward statement that they are zeros, who have never had a single coherent thought on a single question. And Plekhanov should be told: it is a pity that he is now nullifying his great services in the struggle against the liquidators during the period of disorganisation, in the struggle against the Machists at the height of Machism, by preaching what he himself cannot explain. Unity with whom, then? with Nasha Zarya? with Severnaya Rabochaya Gazeta?—and on what terms?

We stand for unity, on precisely specified terms, which have long since been approved by the majority of the workers’, start from below, enter the underground organisation, prove by deeds your refusal to join in liquidating the Party.

Not all who “cry” unity understand what unity is, or help to bring it about. Those who destroy the will of the majority of the workers are not unifiers but disrupters.

(A struggle against Plekhanov is unavoidable, now that he has become involved in this idiotic affair, but he should be set apart from Lyova and Mark, with the emphasis that he had done service, but it is a pity that he is once again on the roundabout.)

Write me more frequently, even if briefly. Otherwise it is hard to get the co-operation going.

A thousand greetings to the paper, which has become 1,000 times better! Best wishes of every success!

Send me Nos. 8 and 36–38 of Severnaya Rabochaya Gazeta
No. 43 of Put Pravdy.

I haven’t received Deborin or any other books from Prosveshcheniye although I have asked for them more than once. Write about the plan for the next issue.


[1] See present edition, Vol. 20, pp. 148–51 and 226–29.

[2] Pro-Party Bolsheviks—a small group of conciliators who inclined to liquidationism.

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