V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written July 7 (20), 1917
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 636a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Only just now, at 3.15 p.m., July 7, I learned that a search was made at my flat last night, despite the protests of my wife, by armed men who produced no warrant. I register my protest against this and ask the Bureau of the C.E.C. to investigate this flagrant breach of the law.

At the same time I consider it my duty to confirm officially and in writing what, I am sure, not a single member of the C.E.C. can doubt, namely, that in the event of the government ordering my arrest and this order being endorsed by the C.E.C., I shall present myself for arrest at the place indicated to me by the C.E.C.

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
(N. Lenin)
Member of the C.E.C.

Petrograd, 7/VII.1917


[1] This letter was written by Lenin to the Bureau of the Central Executive Committee of the All-Russia Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies.

On the evening of July 7 (20) a meeting of C.C. members and a number of Parry officials was held in the home of S. Y. Alliluyev, a veteran Bolshevik workman, where Lenin was in hiding at the time. The meeting was attended, among others, by Lenin, Nogin, Orjonikidze, Stalin and Stasova. It was decided that Lenin was not to appear in the court of the counter-revolutionary Provisional Government. On July 13–14 (26–27), 1917, the enlarged meeting of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P.(B.), followed by the Sixth Congress of the Party, adopted a resolution against Lenin appearing in court (see The Sixth Congress of the R.S.D.L.P.(B.). Minutes, Moscow, 1958, p. 270).

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