V. I.   Lenin


To:   BASOK[1]

Published: First published in 1924. Sent to Constantinople. Printed from the original in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 3.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 179.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Copy of a reply handed to Tria on January 12, 1915

Dear Citizen,

Tria has passed on to me your letter of December 28, 1914.

You are obviously mistaken. We take the stand of international revolutionary Social-Democracy, and you of the national bourgeoisie. We are working to bring together the workers of various (and particularly the warring) countries, while you evidently are moving nearer to the bourgeoisie and the government of “your” nation. We are on different roads.

N. Lenin

Berne, January 12, 1915
Bern. Uljanow. Distelweg. 11.


[1] This letter was written in reply to a letter from Basok (M. I. Melenevsky), one of the leaders of the bourgeois-nationalist Alliance for the Emancipation of the Ukraine, proposing co-operation (see Lenin’s article “Slanderers”, present edition, Vol. 25, pp. 283–84).

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