V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on April 26, 1914 in Cracow
Published: First published in 1937 in Lenin Miscellany XXX. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 139.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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P.S. I have not spoken with Yurkevich, but I must say that I am profoundly indignant at the preaching of separation of the Ukrainian workers into a special Social-Democratic organisation.

With Social-Democratic greetings, Lenin


[1] Lenin’s letter is an addendum to a letter from G. Y. Zinoviev to the editorial board of the magazine Dzvin, in which Zinoviev re ported on his talks with a member of the editorial board, L. Yurkevich, on the conditions under which the Bolsheviks might work for the magazine.

The statements in favour of splitting off the Ukrainian workers into a separate Social-Democratic organisation which roused Lenin’s indignation had been made in Yurkevich’s preface to a book by Levinsky, Ocherk razvitiya ukrainskogo rabochego dvizheniya v Galitsii (Outline of the Development of the Ukrainian Working-Class Movement in Galicia) (Kiev, 1914). Lenin sharply criticised the views of the bourgeois nationalist Yurkevich on the problem of nationalities in his article “The Right of Nations to Self-Determination” (see present edition, Vol. 20, pp. 448–49).

Dzvin (The Bell)—legal nationalist monthly with a Menshevik orientation; published in Ukrainian in Kiev from January 1913 to the middle of 1914.

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