V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written May 19, 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 540-541a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I shall send you Demain.

I insist on Stellungnahme.[1]

Re the collection (on international congresses)—I do not agree, as the Basle resolution, for instance, is missing. That it will pay for itself, I have no doubt. It will be good both for the prisoners of war and for Party officials.

(Zina+ In.[2] etc.)
If Inessa has not left the Distributing Committee, it would be absurd to talk about Berne not being able to handle distribution, simply absurd. Alexander is furious at not getting anything. He must be sent it again registered and sent in future registered.

About the Japs, you are entirely wrong. You don’t want to understand that they are dodging a discussion, throwing the responsibility onto me and meanly hiding behind Radek. If they want a discussion, let them publish the pamphlet (and bear the responsibility themselves!!) or give an article for the C.O.—we’ll publish it! For a year the scoundrels have been hedging, and you vacillate and indulge them. I shall have nothing to do with their editorial board or their collection and I repeat my proposal: that we put an end to this claptrap once for all.

About “guaranteeing A. for 1/2 year”, I shall try to find out how much money he needs.[3] This can’t be decided at a guess. For “trips” and 1/2 year living it won’t be enough; one trip has shown it. Transport went and will go without him through his agents. And since he is not going home, it will be more useful for him to go to America for 1/2 year than to sit doing nothing among idle riffraff and fret him self ill.

Scandal-mongers & Co. would drive even a healthy man to distraction, and your plans do not serve the cause, they only do harm.



[1] See Document 479 in this volume.—Ed.

[2] Inessa.—Ed.

[3] See Document 479 in this volume.—Ed.

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