V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written prior to April 18, 1916
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Zurich to Borne. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 532b-533a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I am not sending this by express, as it would only waken you, according to my reckoning, without appreciably saving any time.

I quite agree with you about inviting the French and promising 50 frs.

Advise the Brest people to travel via George: it is important that he and we should “intercept” them first in stead of Grimm (if possible it would be good to do the same with the Parisians[2]).

I haven’t had time yet to read-the indictment.[3] I shan’t be long.

If you like, I’ll send you Sukhanov’s new pamphlet, if you promise me Junius[1] (for 1/2 day at least. Get it from Radek, but don’t mention me). Neither Platten nor Nobs have it.

It would be extremely useful for the cause for Alexander first to work a little in England. It is dangerous at present to go to Russia, we shall be ruining a good man (in Sweden as well as in Russia). Coming here just now is harmful, since he and you will not be able to restrain yourselves, and we shall only be sullying a valuable man at the conference. Besides, in a month or two he will be much more   useful in Russia, and by that time many important things will be cleared up and revealed.


P.S. He will have a “rest” only by working in England. Inaction will only wear him out.

N.B.: P.S. If Grimm does not publish the protest, we must find that out at once and publish it ourselves, altering the text.[4]

P.P.S. Where are the other theses of Radek’s for the Zimmerwald Left agreement and when shall we have them???


[1] A reference to the pamphlet by Junius (Luxemburg), Die Krise der Sozialdemokratie, Zurich, 1916.—Ed.

[2] This refers to the arrival of the French delegates to the Second International Socialist Conference. Safarov (George) was in Switzerland at the time. Whom Lenin meant by the “Brest people” has not been ascertained.

[3] Meaning the indictment in the case of the Bolshevik deputies of the Fourth Duma.

[4] See Note 431.

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