V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written prior to March 20, 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, page 519.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I am sending the theses.[1]

They still have to be corrected—return them as soon as possible.

We must rush things: when we have finished them, let Zina type them[2] in 4–5 copies (will she do it?) for immediate dispatch to France, England, Sweden, etc.

Next, they have to be translated immediately into German (perhaps you will do it and I’ll show them to Kharitonov and then to Platten) (we shall type them ourselves) and published. The same in French (for the Italians and French).

All the Left-wingers and their sympathisers should be able to see and discuss them a few weeks before the conference. The Dutch too.

Give them to Radek, but for not more than half a day for copying. Otherwise I absolutely don’t agree!!

We shall give them to Grimm for publication in No. 4[3] of the Bulletin. If he doesn’t publish them+the protest (Martov vs. Chkheidze), he won’t get a kopek.[4]

Chkheidze’s speech has been published. It is reported in Vorwärts: for “the Zimmerwald decision and peace without annexations”. Apparently not a word against Gvozdyovism[5]!!!

In the protest I’ll drive this home hard.

Return the postcards.



[1] This refers to “Proposals Submitted by the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P. to the Second Socialist Conference” (see present edition, Vol. 22, pp. 169–79).—Ed.

[2] On one side, close spacing, no margins. —Lenin

[3] Find out what the deadline is—20 or 25.III? Perhaps we should write officially, asking whether we correctly understood it to be before 30.III and that we consider the space in Bulletin No. 4 engaged? —Lenin

[4] This refers to the “Proposals of the R.S.D.L.P. Central Committee to the Second Socialist Conference” published in No. 4 of the I.S.C. Bulletin. The protest against Martov-Chkheidze was not published.

[5] Gvozdyovism (from the name of the Menshevik K. A. Gvozdyov)—a policy of collaboration with the imperialist bourgeoisie.

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