V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written August 26, 1915
Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Sent from Sörenberg to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 486a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
Public Domain: Lenin Internet Archive (2005). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work; as well as make derivative and commercial works. Please credit “Marxists Internet Archive” as your source.

Dear Comrade Olga,

As regards elections, I really don’t know what to answer. At the first blush, why shouldn’t elections in a republic be held from top to bottom? But beyond this first blush I know nothing: neither the nature of the body to which elections have to be held, nor the correlation of parties within it, nor the history of the question, nor past experience. It is difficult to judge under such conditions, for the “first blush” alone is insufficient, of course.


P.S. Did the 200 frs. help to get round Kuzmikha? Keep me informed by postcards: “a bulletin of Kuzmikha’s moods and the chances of success”. Both you (and we) are fed up with Kuzma, I understand, but what can we do?


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