V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after April 4, 1916
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Zurich to Berne. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 527b-528.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I am sending the theses. Additions, see pp. 21 and 22 (they must be inserted in German too).

I don’t agree with you about Alexander. Unless we see eye to eye (you and me) I shall abstain, and you can re solve by one vote that “we have decided to call him”.

(1) To show him at the conference would be his undoing. That is clear. In Sweden and Norway the Russian Government has no sleuths, but here the place is alive with them. Martov & Co. will tell the world.

I am absolutely against his appearing at the conference. I do not abstain, I am against.

(2) Alexander himself is demanding a man to be sent to Russia (I shall write to Ludmila).

(3) Since Alexander is not going, we should wait a bit and call him on the eve of his departure. Otherwise it will all be to no purpose.

(4) There is no need to hurry, all the more as Alexander will be influenced by Kievsky; we must bide our time, exchange letters, etc. (By hastening Alexander’s arrival you will be hastening his going over to Bukharin & Co., because Alexander is now all worked up. But if we wait a bit, the C. 0. will come out, correspondence will be developed with Mme. Kievsky, I shall make up a set of documents concerning the vacillations of Bukharin & Co. and Alexander will have time to think and see where Bukharin & Co. are heading, what mess they are getting themselves into.)

To send for Alexander now will mean fighting him now. What for? Over what? If he is not going, we have nothing to fight over. (We shall receive contacts through conciliator James, etc.) (James, of course, is to blame.)

What about Radek’s theses?

We must wait a bit with the No. on self-determination, if Vorbote No. 2 comes out before the conference. It is extremely important to squelch Radek’s theses right away. Radek’s whipping is inevitable, and on his corpore vili we can “save a good deal” of the whipping of the Stockholmers.

Find out exactly when Kedrov is going.[1] Is he still in Berne? Is his wife in Lausanne?

I advise extreme caution with the Bundist!!! Guardezvous!



[1] This refers to Kedrov’s proposed trip to Russia.—Ed.

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