V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after July 18, 1914
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent to Berlin. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 422b-423a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

Will you please take it upon yourself to keep us in formed during the revolutionary days in Russia.[1]

We have no newspapers.

Will you please

1) send us daily (by ordinary book-post) Berlin news papers giving the fullest news from Russia (Vorwärts, better still, say, Berliner Tageblatt[2]; choose which has most reports from Russia);

2) ditto Russian newspapers from St. Petersburg and Moscow (we have only Kievskaya Mysl)—Rech, Novoye Vremya (since the beginning of the July days)...

3) telegrams concerning special, exceptionally important events, if any, such as revolts among the troops, etc.

My address for everything (including telegrams)—Ulianow (only two words). Poronin.

We shall pay expenses. Write a postcard immediately whether you undertake to do this (I hope you won’t refuse) and how much money we should send.

(The rates for mail and telegrams here are the same as those inside Germany.)

Awaiting your reply,

P.S. Please send us also cuttings from Vorwärts about everything relating to the Brussels conference of 16–18.VII.1914 and the “bloc” there (Rosa+Plekhanov+Alexinsky+liquidators, etc.).


[1] Meaning the strikes and demonstrations held in St. Petersburg, Baku, Riga and other cities in the course of July 1914.

[2] Berliner Tageblatt und Handelszeitung—a German bourgeois news paper, published from 1872 to 1939.

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