V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on April 2 or 3, 1917
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 428.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friends,

I attach the decision of our Party’s Central Committee[1] (the Karpinskys, after taking 2 copies, must immediately return this decision to me). Immediately take a copy (for yourselves) and send it to the Karpinskys express by the first train (take it to the station), enclosing also this letter of mine.

Inform Lausanne (Goberman)[2] specially.

I will add for myself that I consider the Mensheviks who have wrecked the common enterprise scoundrels of the first water who are “afraid” of what “public opinion”, i.e., the social-patriots, will say![3] I am going (and Zinoviev) in any case.

Find out exactly (1) who is going and (2) how much money they have.

Write about this at once to Radomyslsky, Neufeldstr. 27. Bern.

We already have a fund of over 1,000 francs for the journey. We are thinking of fixing Wednesday, April 4, as the day of departure.

All should immediately take passports from the Russian Consul at their place of residence.


Send copies at once to Abram and his wife.

P.S. I enclose the 100 francs which you asked Grigory to lend you.


[1] On March 31, 1917, the Central Committee Collegium Abroad adopted a decision on the immediate return of the émigrés to Russia via Germany (see present edition, Vol. 23, pp. 365–66).

[2] M. Goberman—Social-Democrat, Bolshevik, member of the Bolshevik group in Lausanne. Abram (mentioned below)—A. Skovno— Bolshevik, member of the Bolshevik group in Switzerland. Both returned to Russia with Lenin.

[3] A reference to the resolution of the internationalist Mensheviks and S.R.s, aimed against the decision of the C.C. Collegium Abroad to accept R. Grimm’s proposal to travel immediately to Russia via Germany. The Mensheviks and the S.R.s wanted to wait for permission from the Soviet of Workers’ Deputies.

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