V. I.   Lenin


Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent from Poronin to Vienna. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 285.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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May 20, 1914

Dear Alexander Antonovich,

Your draft constitution is being discussed.[2] It’s a long business: a discussion with Russia and with the Central Committee.

The discussion article has nothing to do with the constitution. Send it over as soon as possible. The end of the article on self-determination should appear in May, and has already been sent off.[3]

N. Lenin[1]

P.S. It would be a good thing if you sent us Pokrovsky’s letters to read. Your proposal to have an exchange of letters with him, so as to get him out of the indecent Borba, is very interesting.


[1] The letter also bears the signature of G. Y. Zinoviev.—Ed.

[2] On May 12, 1914, A. A. Troyanovsky wrote Lenin a letter suggesting improvements in the work of the editorial board of the   magazine Prosveshcheniye and enclosing a draft “constitution” to organise the work.

Troyanovsky’s article on the national question did not appear in Prosveshcheniye.

[3] The Right of Nations to Self-Determination appeared in the magazine Prosveshcheniye Nos. 4, 5 and 6, for April, May and June 1914, under the signature V. Ilyin (see present edition, Vol. 20, pp. 393–454).

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