V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on March 13, 1916
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent from Zurich to Stockholm. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 372.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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For Y. Larin

Dear Comrade,

To my regret, the list of contributors, the indefinite nature of the miscellany, the restrictions imposed on the contributors, and the lack of information about some of them—all of this obliges me to decline to participate.[1]

With Social-Democratic greetings,


[1] The letter is Lenin’s reply to Y. Larin’s proposal to take part in a collection criticising defencism and substantiating the Zimmerwald platform. It was to be published legally in Russia. Among the contributors abroad were to be Axelrod, Lunacharsky and Martov. In Russia, they were being selected by N. Sukhanov. The terms on which these were accepted included, in particular, the stipulation that “the articles of the collection should not contain any attacks by contributors against each other”. The collection was not issued.

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