V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Zurich to Christiania. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 536b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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16.V. 1916

Dear Alexander,

The conditions in my letter[1] were put forward not for diplomacy and not for bargaining, but as a last attempt. Since these conditions have not been fully accepted, I consider that the agreement has not gone through. This is now final. It is no use talking and writing about this any more. These people confirm my worst suppositions—a desire to hide behind Radek, without working on their own, and to shuffle responsibility off onto me!!

This is the end!

Write me more fully about your trip. Isn’t there any work anywhere in Scandinavia? Unbelievable!

I shall write you at greater length in a day or two. Nadya has written to the Distributing Committee[2] many times, and they answered her that everything has been sent to you.

We are writing again.

Best regards,


[1] See present edition, Vol. 36, p. 390.—Ed.

[2] The circulation of Party documents and Bolshevik literature among the various groups of the R.S.D.L.P. was taken care of by a special Distributing Committee of five members in Berne. Inessa Armand was a member of this Committee for a time. Zinaida Lilina (Zina) was secretary of the Committee.

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