V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on January 19, 1917
Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Sent from Zurich to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 418.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

I enclose a resolution. Please read it and pass it on to Guilbeaux and to the German group.

This resolution (it was voted here by a meeting of the Left)[1] must be got through all possible organisations; and, if it is adopted even by a small party organisation, it should be sent officially both to the local party committee and to the Central Executive (Geschäftsleitung der sozialistischen Partei. Zürich. Volkshaus), with a demand that it be published.

I am terribly angry with Guilbeaux—tell him this—for failing to return to me the draft statement against Grimm[2] (has he shown it to you? He must!).

If he doesn’t want to sign it, let him send it back at once.

Best regards,


[1] A reference to the resolution of the Left-wingers against the postponement of the congress and for its convocation in the spring of 1917. The text of the resolution in German with Lenin’s corrections is now at the Archives of the Institute of Marxism– Leninism of the Central Committee of the C.P.S.U. The resolution served as a basis for the referendum which was held when local organisations came out in favour of calling the congress in the spring (Volksrecht No. 19, January 23, 1917, “Das Referendum gegen den Parteivorstandsbeschluss ergriffen” (The Referendum against the Executive Decision Is On).

[2] A reference to the draft statement adopted on January 15, 1917 at a meeting of the Swiss Left-wing Social-Democrats demanding Grimm’s expulsion from the I.S.C.

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