V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written July 24, 1916
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Flums to Hertenstein. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 549b-550.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I am sending you Pod Starym Znamenem.[3] When you have read it (not> 6 days), please send it to the following address:

Herrn Ussievitsch (bei Frau Frey) Nelkenstr. 21.II.
(indicating Absender).

Send me your manuscript (of the book). I’ll read it.

I am writing to Pokrovsky.[1] I have 200 pages. I can’t imagine sending it in a book-binding. I’m puzzled: 1) specially thin paper? 2) special size? 3) write on both sides?

I think the following should be written to Volna:

1) They should be asked to write everything in detail (attitude to Priboi, etc.) secretly (by invisible ink in a book) and send it by hand.

2) Y. Kamenev may go.[4]

3) N. Sukhanov? We are against (but if it is necessary for money or other reasons), then it should first be ascertained whether he is to be allowed as contributor or editor.

4) Is the Editorial Board wholly ours (as regards orientation) or is it a coalition? (If the latter, then with whom and exactly how?)

5) We promise to supply subjects for collections and pamphlets.

6) About my article on self-determination: I agree to offer it in pamphlet form (redrafted); please fix an exact date as quickly as possible.[2]


Have you the German pamphlet of the 0. C. Secretariat Abroad (with their Kienthal draft and the shamelessly “abbreviated” declaration of Dan & Co.[5])?

N.B. ||
I need for my article the issue of Lichtstrahlen which carried Radek’s article “Selbstbestimmungsrecht der Völker”.[6] Could you send it to me or get it for me?


[1] See next document.—Ed.

[2] This refers to Lenin’s article “The Discussion on Self-Determination Summed Up” (present edition, Vol. 22, pp. 320–60)—Ed.

[3] Pod Starym Znamenem (Under the Old Banner)—a Bolshevik collection, published in Saratov in 1916 and re-issued in Petrograd in 1917 with slight cuts.

[4] This refers to Kamenev’s pamphlet The Collapse of the International, put out by the Volna Publishers.

[5] This refers to the pamphlet Kriegs und Friedensprobleme der Arbeiterklasse.

The Menshevik declaration on the war, published in Russian in the Bulletin of the R.S.D.L.P. Organising Committee, Secretariat Abroad (No. 5) on June 10, 1916, under the heading “The St. Petersburg and Moscow Mensheviks on the War”, was printed in this pamphlet as an appendix. The pamphlet omitted a fairly large part of the declaration which appealed for collaboration with the liberal bourgeoisie, for participation in the war industries committees, and so on.

Bulletin of the R.S.D.L.P. Organising Committee, Secretariat Abroad—a Menshevik newspaper, published in Switzerland from February 1915 to March 1917. Ten numbers were put out. The paper adopted a Centrist stand.

[6] Radek’s article “The Right of Nations to Self-Determination” published in the journal Lichtstrahlen No. 3 for December 5, 1915, was criticised by Lenin in his article “The Discussion on Self-Determination Summed Up” (see present edition, Vol. 22, pp. 349–50).

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