V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after February 1, 1916
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Berne to a local address. Printed from the original. Translated from the German.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 509a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I personally consider that with the appearance of Gazeta Robotnicza (II.1916) our joint struggle in Russian and Polish affairs is ruled out. Not because of the “attack” on the “defeatists” (this is only a symptom), but in view of the resolution of the P.S.D. on Russian affairs.[1] If the P.S.D. in February 1916 does not come out openly and definitely for a split in Russia, then this is merely a preparation for another 16.VII.1914.

And so, in my opinion—a struggle in the Russian, Polish and German press—and (I, at least, am for it) joint actions in Switzerland (where the national question is not at all an urgent one, and it should therefore as far as possible be kept separate).

As this is my own personal opinion, I am sending all your letters to Grigory.


[1] No. 25 of the newspaper Gazeta Robotnicza, the illegal organ of the opposition Warsaw Committee of the Social-Democratic Party of Poland and Lithuania, published the resolutions of the conference of the Editorial Board of June 1–2, 1915. These resolutions were criticised by Lenin in his “Letter from the Committee of the Organisations Abroad to the Sections of the R.S.D.L.P.” (see present edition, Vol. 22, pp. 157–60).

Further down Lenin refers to the voting of the Polish Social-Democrats (the opposition) for the resolution of the I.S.B. at the Brussels “Unity” Conference of July 16–18, 1914.

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