V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written April 21 (May 4), 1917
Published: First published in 1923 in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 9. Sent from Petrograd to Stockholm. Printed from a typewritten copy found in police records.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 629b-630a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

Letter No. 1 (dated April 22–23) has been received today 21/IV—old style.

The money from Kozlovsky (2 thous.) has been received. The packets have not arrived yet. Delivery of newspapers from the provinces is terribly irregular, and we have no   sets ourselves, just odd numbers. Altogether about 15 Bolshevik newspapers are issued: in Helsingfors, Kronstadt, Kharkov, Kiev, Krasnoyarsk, Samara, Saratov and other cities. In Moscow a daily appears—Sotsial-Demokrat. In Kharkov, Kronstadt and Helsingfors, too, there are dailies. The All-Russia conference starts tomorrow; up to 300 delegates are expected. Petrograd is seething; meetings and demonstrations are going on since yesterday over the government’s Note. It is very difficult to get organised in this ferment. Everyone is swamped with work. Arranging messengers is no easy job, but we shall nevertheless take measures. A special man is coming now to organise the whole business, and we hope he will get things moving. Telegrams take a terribly long time, telegraphic communication even in land is difficult. Since a person is going, no telegram con firming receipt of letter No. 1 has been sent. As regards Steinberg, we shall take steps.

We send greetings to Radek. It’s such a busy day today that we simply cannot write a detailed letter and resolutions concerning the conference, and so on. You will learn it all from Pravda, which we are sending you. Telegrams don’t reach destination. The question of organising telegraphic communication therefore remains open. Communication must be arranged some other way. What news have you of Platten? Has he returned and did he arrive safely?

Best regards.

Reports about huge demonstrations, shooting and so on have just come in.


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