Written: Written on April 22 (May 5), 1917
Published: Published on May 6 (April 23), 1917 in Pravda No. 39. Printed from the Pravda text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 41, page 407.1.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrades Lashevich, Krymov and Mavrin, authorised by the Bolshevik group of the Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies, request us to declare that the overwhelming majority of the workers who took part in the manifestations on April 20 and 21 and carried “Down with the Provisional Government!” placards, understood this slogan to mean exclusively that all power should be transferred to the Soviets and that the workers want to take over only after winning a majority in the Soviets of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies. The present composition of the Soviet does not quite express the will of the majority of the workers’ and soldiers’ masses. That is why the Bolshevik group believes that the C.C. resolution of April 22 does not give a precise characteristic of the present state of affairs.
From the Editors. It goes without saying that the C.C. resolution is in no sense aimed against the organisers of the mass demonstrations, and that such an interpretation of the slogan rules out any idea of thoughtlessness or adventurism. At any rate, the peaceful and impressively massive character of these manifestations is to the great credit of these comrades as representing the organisers of the manifestations. They alone organised a fitting rebuff to the bourgeoisie, which was demonstrating in favour of its own Provisional Government.