V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on September 6, 1914
Published: First published on April 22, 1926 in Pravda No. 92. Sent from Berne to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 292.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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September 6

Dear Comrade,

I arrived here safely yesterday with my whole family, after a brief captivity in Austria. Zinoviev will also be coming. We thought of settling in Geneva, where all our old sympathies attract us. But then we began to hesitate in favour of Berne. They say that there’s a rush to Geneva of new French émigrés from Paris, Brussels, etc. We wonder if there is an excessive rise in prices, particularly of rents. Also we shall have to make our arrangements on a temporary basis: is it possible to take furnished rooms (two small ones), with use of kitchen, by the month?

One other question: if it is not too much trouble, please call at the Société de lecture (Grand’ Rue. 11) and take their rules; I must see whether they have been changed in any way. It is this Société[1] that particularly attracts me to Geneva, although here too?... It’s expensive.... What about a printing press? Is there a Russian one? Can one now publish a leaflet, etc.? In Russian? With special precautions, or as before (against the war, of course, and against the new type of nationalists, from Haase to Vandervelde and Guesde—they’ve all played false!). You will oblige me very much by replying to all these questions as soon as possible. Are there any other Bolshevik comrades in Geneva? Including those going to Russia? Best regards from all of us to you, to Comrade Olga and all our friends.

N. Lenin


[1] The collection of the latest books at the Society.

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