V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written August 31, 1916 Sent from Flums to Zurich
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 563b-564a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

We may possibly take advantage of the trip, but we must first think it over and find out to what extent he is trust worthy generally and also as regards orderliness and secrecy techniques. To ask Grimm is rather awkward. Let me know your opinion and whether you can find out anything about him in Zurich (discreetly). I can send you the pamphlet on imperialism. I have no idea about the “meeting” (Gr.+Radek+??). Find out everything you can in greatest detail and let me know.

I shall send you the article for Volksrecht,[1] too, as soon as I hear that Nobs is back in Zurich. Nobs wrote me that he had gone away for Ferien[2] not far from me and wanted to let me know, but fell silent. I don’t know where he is. Do you?

I am sending Ausland-Politik containing Semkovsky’s article.

Were there articles of Radek’s against Entwaffnung[3] in Volksrecht? If there were, could you send them to me? Who told you that I was to be in Zurich on Sunday?? This is most piquant, who could say such a thing!!

Could you obtain in Zurich the Polish and Bundist War saw newspapers containing information (detailed information by districts) about the elections in Warsaw? It is very   interesting! I wrote Bronski, but he is silent. All the best, and my regards to your wife and your little girl.


P.S. You have not answered Nadya’s request about Neues Leben. If you are too busy, couldn’t Usiyevich find out? Or is he particularly busy these days?


[1] This probably refers to the article “The Military Programme of the Proletarian Revolution” (see present edition, Vol. 23, pp. 77–87).—Ed.

[2] Holidays.—Ed.

[3] Disarmament.—Ed.

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