V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written May 24, 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 541b-542a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Yuri’s letter has made me very pessimistic ... it’s a swindle.[2]

I don’t agree with your amendments, and so I have decided for the time being to send my letter to Alexander without them[1] (for in bargaining one must not start small when dealing with such sordid hucksters).

I’m prepared to make concessions only in the discussion and income.

Change of name is essential, as it is of a basically different character (not what Kommunist wanted to be); besides, there are vital practical reasons for a change of name.

Alexander should not be put on the Editorial Board: this would mean calling everything into question and risking falling out with A. This is extremely harmful.

It will work only if we here have the majority. Otherwise it’s of no use.

(If S’il vous plaît were to remove Yuri, that wouldn’t be bad; but I doubt it.)

Send me Nash Golos containing the statement of Martov & Co.[3]


I’m in a hurry. These few lines for the time being.

No time to go and post it.

Nadya suggests 2 editorial boards: an enlarged one and a narrow one (you and I+Bukharin). But this doesn’t work out.


[1] See present edition, Vol. 36, pp. 393–96.—Ed.

[2] This refers to Pyatakov’s letter of May 18, 1916, from Christiania (Oslo) addressed to Lenin and Zinoviev, in which he stated the terms on which he considered it possible to continue the talks concerning renewed publication of Kommunist.

[3] This probably refers to L. Martov’s article “What Follows from the ‘Right to National Self-Determination’\thinspace” published in the newspaper Nash Golos Nos. 3 and 4 for January 17 and 24, 1916.

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