V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written before October 15, 1914
Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Sent from Berne to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 293.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

I have your letter telling me of the talk with Sigg about the publication.[1] That’s excellent! Take as much as you require of the 160 francs (as little as possible, of course, because we are hoping to publish a little miscellany) and publish the manifesto[2] (not the theses[3] but the manifesto) with the maximum precautions; don’t print many (200 or 300) and hide the stock without fail at the Swiss deputy’s.

If you do not have the text of the manifesto, but only the, theses, get the manifesto at Lausanne.

I am awaiting your reply.


We shall send what is published to Paris and to Russia: a hundred for abroad, two hundred for Russia. We shall write again about how to send them and to what addresses.


[1] Publication of a newspaper in Switzerland required the warranty of some influential Swiss figure. With that end in view, V. A. Karpinsky held talks with the Swiss socialist, deputy of the Federal Parliament, Jean Sigg, who agreed to help in the publication.

[2] The manifesto of the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P., “The War and Russian Social-Democracy”, was published in its Central Organ, Sotsial-Demokrat No. 33, November 1, 1914 (see present edition, Vol. 21, pp. 25–34).

[3] An apparent reference to the resolution of a group of Social-Democrats (“Theses on War”) adopted by a Bolshevik conference in Berne on September 6–8, 1914 (see present edition, Vol. 21, pp. 15–19).

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