V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after July 18, 1914
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 48. Sent from Poronin to Berne. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 421b-422a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

You no doubt know how the Brussels conference ended? The Polish opposition went over to the liquidators!

We are now in for a period of betrayals, but it will not alter anything.

Obviously, we shall not mess about with a “joint congress”—the liquidators+Rosa+the Alexinskys+the Plekhanovs.[1]

How is Samoilov’s health? Is he really on the mend? Will he be well for Vienna? (By the way, are you preparing   for Vienna? Answer me at length.) Write me about Samoilov in greatest possible detail.

How did they find his stomach?

Regards to the family,


[1] Lenin is referring to the conference called in 1914 by the O.C., the Vperyod and Yedinstvo groups, the Bund, the Chief Executive of the Social-Democratic party of the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania, the P.P.S. and others.

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