V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on January 30 or 31, 1915
Published: First published in 1924 in Lenin Miscellany II. Sent from Berne to Copenhagen. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 321.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

Your plan for a trip in April and preparations for it seems to be completely correct.[1] You are right: that is the plan to adopt and prepare as systematically and in as much detail as possible.

Thank you for your letters. We have written to you several times. We have also sent notepaper with our stamp. I hope you have received all this.

Today we received an issue of Nashe Slovo, which has begun to appear in Paris instead of Golos, which was closed down. The issue of Nashe Slovo contains a statement by Martov (and Dan) on their differences with Nasha Zarya.

Evidently, there is a big cleavage among them (the liquidators), and no one can say what will happen. Axelrod is clearly trying to “reconcile” the German (and Bundist) chauvinists with the Francophiles (and Plekhanov). After Zurich, Martov sang to Axelrod’s tune, but whether he is now “gone left” for long, we don’t know.

In a few days we shall be issuing No. 37 of Sotsial-Demokrat.

All the best, and I wish you every success.


Before April, we shall try (together with you) to organise correspondence, and establish some contacts. You, too, should make arrangements in good time.


[1] A. G. Shlyapnikov made a trip to Britain, where he tried to find a job.

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