V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after August 15, 1915
Published: First published in 1959 in German in the journal Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Arbeiterbewegung No. 2. First published in Russian in 1960 in Voprosy Istorii KPSS No. 4. Sent from Sörenberg to Amsterdam. Printed from a copy found in police records. Translated from the German.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 479b-480a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

I enclose herewith the declaration, which we received from the Norwegian Jugendbund. The Bulgarian Social-Democrats (“Tesnyaki”) have expressed the same views in principle at the Second Balkan Conference (in July of this year).[1] Consequently, a Left international declaration of principles is possible. By August 20 it should be ready.

Looking forward eagerly to your reply and draft.

With best wishes,


[1] The Second Balkan Social-Democratic Conference was held in Bucharest from July 6 to 8, 1915. It was attended by representatives of the labour movement of Rumania, Bulgaria and Greece. The Serbian Social-Democratic Party was unable to send its representative, but the leadership of the party sent a message of greetings to the conference. The conference inaugurated the Balkan Workers’ Social-Democratic Federation, adopted a Declaration of Principles of the Balkan Workers’ Social-Democratic Federation, a resolution on the Balkan Social-Democratic Federation and the International, and a special resolution “Against Provocations, for Peace and Federation!”

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