V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written February 11, 1914
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXV. Sent from Krakow. Printed from a typewritten copy (made by the police).
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 37, pages 511-512.
Translated: The Late George H. Hanna
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Anna Ilyinichna Yelizarova,
Goncharnaya Street, 11, Apt. 23,
St. Petersburg,

Dear Anyuta,

At last I am home after a long absence; I found and read all your letters, and today another one came, the one you thought might not arrive. We have them all. You were right about the delay with the articles, but there is nothing I can do. I have only two hands. Prosveshcheniye No. 1 has not arrived, although I have received a newspaper with a notice that it has been published. You are also delaying things. I am going to write about the self-determination of nations—perhaps it will be in time for No. 2.[2]

Please send me Proletarskaya Pravda No. 11 (2 copies), Put Pravdy No. 2, Novaya Rabochaya Gazeta No. 8 (126)[3]— do not ask anybody else to send them (that is hopeless) but send them yourself.

With regard to the summaries of crime statistics for 1905–1908, I would ask you not to buy them (there is no need, they are expensive) but to get them from a library (either the Bar Council or the Duma Library) and send them for a month. (Many thanks for the journal of the Ministry of Justice—I hope you got it back.) I heard that you people crossed out of the article on the X affair[1]   something against the liquidators and I was very angry at this inappropriate and harmful conciliation; you are only helping the foul slander of the liquidators, delaying the inevitable process of chucking such scoundrels as Galina, Martov, Dan and others out of the working-class movement. You won’t succeed in anything but disgracing yourselves. I am really mad at the disgusting blackmail engineered by Martov & Co. in the X affair; we shall gradually crush that gang of blackmailers.

I have not written home for a long time. I hope everything is all right there. Drop me a line or two.

I have just received Prosveshcheniye No. 1. Congratulations. In general it is good. Except for the misprints.... And the review of Levitsky’s book with the foolish word “factionally” in it....[4] Who let that go through? Who is the author? N.K. will write about the women’s magazine.[5]


[1] For the case of X (Danski, B. G.) see Collected Works, Vol. 20, p. 524.—Ed.

[2] This article, “The Right of Nations to Self-Determination”, was written between February and May 1914 and printed in the April, May and June issues of Prosveshcheniye (Nos. 4, 5 and 6) (see Collected Works, Vol. 20, pp. 393–454).

[3] Novaya Rabochaya Gazeta, Nasha Rabochaya Gazeta, Severnaya Rabochaya Gazeta (New Workers’ Gazette, Our Workers’ Gazette, Northern Workers’ Gazette) was the legal newspaper of the Menshevik liquidators published in St. Petersburg in 1913 and 1914.

[4] The book August Bebel. His Life and Work. 1840–1913 was written by V. Levitsky (V. O. Zederbauin) and reviewed in the journal Prosveshcheniye No. 1 for 1914 by V. Yan-sky (S. S. Danilov).

[5] This refers to the journal Rabotnitsa (The Working Woman)   published legally in St. Petersburg from February 23 to June 26, 1914. The first issue appeared on International Women’s Day, February 23 (March 8). Seven issues appeared. Active collaborators were Nadezhda Krupskaya, Inessa Armand, Lyudmila Stal, Anna Ulyanova-Yelizarova and others.

Further information about the publication of the journal is to be found in Krupskaya’s letter b. 48) to Lenin’s sister Anna Letter No. 247 __PROGRESS_COMMENT_

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