V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after June 20, 1916
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Zurich. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 544b-545a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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(1) We shall write to Grisha that he should offer the printer to publish part (or an instalment) of Sbornik Sotsial-Demokrata. This would be sensible. We could select for it articles passable by the censor (from the French point of view). I would like you to write him about it too.

Are they preparing a collection of their own?

(2) No answer should be given to Radek’s question about the cause of the Bruch[1] with Bukharin and Lyalin. Must agree on it first. Have you a copy of the C.O. Editorial Board’s letter (end of 1915 to Bukharin & Co.)?[3]

To hide behind Yuri on the question of self-determination is downright meanness.

(3) Letters from Russia (from the C.C. Bureau) say that Bukharin & Co. are trying to establish their own contacts with the P.C. over the head of the Bureau.[4] Fine fellows, eh? They not only “inform” Radek, as you write, but do worse things.

(4) A reply has come from Neue Zeit: freie Exemplare[2] are forbidden. I shall subscribe for 1/4 year.

N.B. |||
(5) What subjects are you taking for the Russian edition?

(6) I am waiting for your reply as to exactly how much material there now is for Sbornik.

(7) How strange, Grisha and Varin writing about Kommunist and not Sbornik!

(8) What is that article “Bruderorgan” in Berner Tagwacht.

Please send it!!



[1] Break.—Ed.

[2] Free copies.—Ed.

[3] The Editorial Board of Sotsial-Demokrat sent a letter to Pyatakov, Bosh and Bukharin in the winter of 1915 declaring that they would not participate in Kommunist as they could not assume Party responsibility for co-editors who showed an un-Party attitude to the business.

[4] Pyatakov and Bosh wrote to the Central Committee Bureau Abroad demanding that their group be officially recognised as a special group unsubordinated to the C.C. Bureau Abroad and that it be granted the right of independent contact with the Russian section of the C.C. and the right to publish leaflets and other literature. This being refused, they nevertheless made an attempt to establish contact with the Bureau of the C.C. of the R.S.D.L.P. in Russia over the head of the C.C. Bureau Abroad.

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