V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written between May 2 and June 2, 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 535b-536a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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The S.R.s should be answered with a refusal. “We can not advise unity.” Have they given an address for a reply? (Be sure to leave a copy.)

I am writing to Alexander, but, of course, not the way you have “modified” our arrangement, but the way it was: (1) the old agreement is cancelled; (2) the Editorial Board of the C.O. edits in agreement, from issue to issue, with the publishers; (3) publication in Berne.[1]

You write the letter to the comrades concerning the conference of 25–29.1V[3]—you have more material (by the way, please send me our resolution, the joint one with Radek which he read out at the plenary meeting: I need it badly).

Use the same letter perhaps to make a draft appeal for the French (as discussed with Inessa). I can’t get it right.

Did Meyer & Co. propose voting the Leitsätze[2] at the Erweiterten Kommission?[4]

I shall go to Lausanne and Geneva to lecture but not on the conference, so this won’t interfere with you.[5]

I agree to a No. of the C.O. on the conference.[6] Send me distribution of the articles. A paragraph on Martov’s deceit of the International must go in.

I did not receive Rybalka.

Salut, Lenin

N.B. ||
P.S. Natanson told me that they are considering a rapprochement with those of their “defencists” who say: first revolution, then defence. Ask him (in your reply) whether he would care to inform us about the results of their talks.


[1] A reference to the conditions for continued publication of the journal Kommunist.—Ed.

[2] Theses.—Ed.

[3] A letter summing up the Kienthal Conference was sent to the Party organisations in the name of the R.S.D.L.P. Central Committee Bureau Abroad. The text of the letter translated into French by Inessa Armand is in the Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism. The letter in Russian was published in 1926 in the journal Krasnaya Letopis No. 2.

[4] This refers to the speech by Meyer, a representative of the Internationale group, at the enlarged meeting of the I.S.C. on May 2, 1916, at which the final texts of the resolutions passed at the Kienthal Conference were endorsed.

[5] Lenin read a lecture “Two Trends in the International   Working-Class Movement” in Lausanne on June 3 and in Geneva on June 2.

[6] Materials relating to the Second International Socialist Conference held at Kienthal from April 24 to 30, 1916 were published on June 10, 1916, in No. 54–55 of Sotsial-Demokrat.

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