V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written between May 15 and 31, 1914
Published: First published in 1935 in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 5. Sent from Poronin to Berlin. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 401b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

I received your letter of 15/V. Regarding the Lettish supplement to Pravda, I have my doubts. Isn’t it too early? And generally is it proper for Russians to interfere in Lettish affairs in this form?

Send me, if possible, a translation (1) of your unpublished articles, (2) of the worst of the “conciliator” articles in Zihna[1] and the present legal Lettish newspaper.

The C.O. will soon come out. Send in an article on the Lettish Congress.

I congratulate you on the successful May Day rally, especially in Riga and St. Petersburg!

My regards to you and Herman (don’t tell me you have quarrelled with him!).



[1] Zhina (Struggle)—a newspaper, Central Organ of the Lettish Social-Democrats; founded in March 1904. Up to August 1909 it appeared illegally at great intervals in Riga and subsequently abroad. From April 1917 it was published legally in Petrograd as the Central Organ of the Latvian Bolsheviks, and afterwards in Riga and other cities. In August 1919, after the temporary victory of the counter-revolution in Latvia, it began to appear again illegally in Riga. With the victory of Soviet rule in Latvia in June 1940 it became the organ of the C.C. of the Communist Party of Latvia and the Supreme Soviet of the Latvian S.S.R.

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