V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written February 17, 1915
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Berne to Zurich. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 448b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Werter Genosse,

I have just written to Skaret (about Haidukiewich). But as you did not give me Haidukiewich’s address, I wrote Skaret that Haidukiewich would call on him, mentioning my postcard. So please write immediately to Haidukiewich.

I was down with influenza and have not quite recovered yet; that is why I did not answer you myself. I hope you will forgive me.

The London Conference turned out an utterly disgusting thing, as was to be expected.[1] Of course, we could do nothing to prevent it. Beste Grüsse an Ihre Familie und an alle Freunde in Zürich.

Ihr Lenin


[1] The London Conference of Socialists of the “Triple Entente” Countries was held on February 14, 1915. The agenda of the Conference consisted of three items: = 1) the right of nations; 2) colonies; 3) guarantees of future peace.

The Bolsheviks were not invited to the Conference. On Lenin’s instructions, however, M. M. Litvinov went there to read the declaration of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P., which was based on Lenin’s draft. During the reading of the declaration Litvinov was interrupted and not allowed to go on. He handed the declaration over to the presiding committee and left the hail. For further details about the Conference see Lenin’s articles “The London Conference” and “On the London Conference” (present edition, Vol. 21, pp. 132–34, 178–80).

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