V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written July 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 545b-546a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

At last I have got hold of Platten: he says it’s hopeless. Guilbeaux tells Olga (after search attempts) the same thing. Nadya says none of her passports are any good. All you can do now is write to Olga, etc., and look out for a Russian.

Regarding the German consulate, a Polish woman told Nadya yesterday that nobody now was allowed passage. Very sad!

You forgot to send (1) the resolution of the Committee of the Organisations Abroad concerning the Polish newspaper   (Gazeta Robotnicza[1] ), (2) Grisha’s letters on Paris affairs, on Brizon’s speech,[2] etc., etc.

Salutations amicales,


[1] See present edition, Vol. 22, pp. 157–60.—Ed.

[2] The reference is to G. Y. Belenky’s letters concerning the activities of the Paris section of the R.S.D.L.P. and Pierre Brizon’s   speech in the French Chamber of Deputies on June 24, 1916.

Pierre Brizon, who was a delegate to the Kienthal Conference, made a declaration on behalf of the three socialist M.P.s. calling upon the deputies to get the government to conclude an immediate peace without annexations. Together with the two other socialist deputies Brizon voted against war loans. He concluded his speech with the words: “We vote for peace, for France, for socialism!”

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