V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after July 11, 1915
Published: First published in 1964 in collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Sörenberg to Hertenstein. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 463b-464.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

Did you receive Abram’s article (back) and the article for the C.O.?

I am sending some more short articles for Kommunist. (I don’t think we need worry about the size. Abram’s should be inserted too for certain. We must have facts. We must have versatility. Better let No. 1 be fuller. In case of any thing, a 5% pay rise and employment of a second compositor.)

I am sending copy for the C.O.

Figure out the size (the C.O. will now be smaller, will it not?) and get it done with.

I don’t think there will now be a conference of Leftists: Kautsky & Co. will call a general conference.

Radek is silent.

I do not agree with the end of your article (about Nashe Slovo). “Peace” as presented by Nashe Slovo should be attacked a hundred times more sharply. We should not make excuses (“that is not the point”, “we admit”) but attack: the Nashe Slovo people are engaging in phrase-mongering about “peace”, while seeking peace with the social-chauvinists. The gist of their peace slogan is peace with the social-chauvinists. It should be pointed out (and elaborated) that peace without terms is nonsense, a mere phrase. Then it should be elaborated that peace for the ignorant mass has a different meaning (à la “Gaponade”[1]), but as a slogan of the Party it is charlatanry. We are for participation in the Gapon unions, but against the “Gapon” slogans. I advise discussing this further by letter.


I am sending you Fridolin’s letter. I advise inviting him; let me know whether you write to him, or want me to write. ((Return all the letters of Radek, Fridolin, etc.))

I am not sure that you communicated all your latest literary “titles” to me. Eh??

I think we ought to obtain Alexinsky’s book La Russie et la guerre.

What do you think?

I believe the “Bibliography and Notes” in Kommunist were better unsigned (for the sake of variety and avoiding repetition of the same names).

Vote this proposal. Yuri, if he likes, may leave his signature (“Pyotr Kievsky”): I suggest that his article[2] be given in the same section.


[1]Gaponade”—from the name of the Russian priest Gapon. Acting on instructions from the secret political police aimed at weaning the workers away from the, revolutionary struggle, he set up, on the eve of the first Russian revolution, a legal organisation known as the Assembly of Russian Factory Workers. On Gapon’s suggestion, a peaceful procession of workers was organised on January 9, 1905, to petition the tsar. The procession was shot down by the tsarist troops, the massacre becoming known as Bloody Sunday.

[2] This refers to Pyatakov’s review of No. 1 of the journal Internationale published by Rosa Luxemburg and Franz Mehring.

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