V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Zurich to Geneva. Printed from a copy found in police records.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 624c-625a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friends,

Things are going well. The plan, of which Comrade Minin knows, is being carried out. Platten takes everything upon himself. Below I am giving you a copy of the conditions which Platten has submitted. Apparently they will be accepted. Otherwise we shall not go. Grimm is still trying   to persuade the Mensheviks, but we are acting entirely on our own, of course. We think we shall leave on Friday, Wednesday and Saturday. And now this. We want a detailed protocol to be drawn up about everything before we leave. Platten, Levi (of Berner Tagwacht, representing the press) and others will be invited to sign it. French participation would be highly desirable. N.B. Talk it over immediately with Guilbeaux, explain the situation to him, show him the terms, and if he sympathises, ask him to come at a wire from here (expenses defrayed). This would be very important. It is highly probable that we shall also invite Charles Name (Platten will talk it over with him on the telephone).

Still more important: if Guilbeaux sympathises, perhaps
he could get Romain Rolland too to sign. Extremely important: there was a paragraph in Petit Parisien that Milyukov has threatened to prosecute everybody who comes in through Germany. Tell Guilbeaux this. French participation, in view of this, is especially important. Answer immediately. Sincerely yours.

We have received a telegram from Perm: “Salut fraternel Ulianow, Zinowieff. Aujourdhui partons Petrograd etc.[1]
Signed: Kamenev, Muranov, Stalin.”


[1]Fraternal greetings to Ulyanov, Zinoviev. We are leaving to day for Petrograd.”—Ed.

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