V. I.   Lenin

The Dark Forces Are For the Cadets, the Mensheviks and Narodniks Are in One Government With the Cadets

Published: Pravda No. 68, June 10 (May 28), 1917. Published according to the text in Pravda.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1964, Moscow, Volume 24, pages 529-530.
Translated: Isaacs Bernard
Transcription\Markup: B. Baggins and D. Walters
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Who does not know the newspaper Novoye Vremya? Who does not know that in the course of many a decade this paper has “earned” for itself the name of defender of the tsarist regime, defender of the capitalists, Jew-baiter and hounder of revolutionaries?

Who does not know that all that was honest in Russia always turned away from Novoye Vremya with indignation and contempt? That this paper, even now, after the revolution, has not changed its ways by one iota?

And now we have the first elections in a free Russia. On the first day of the elections Novoye Vremya comes out with the call: “Put forward the list of the people’s freedom party”.

The fact speaks for itself: all the landowners and capitalists, all the dark forces, all those who are trying to restore the tsar, are for the Cadets.

And the Mensheviks and Narodniks have given six ministers as hostages to the Cadets’ ten.

The Mensheviks and Narodniks have allowed themselves to be taken in by empty promises, not one of which has been kept. Not a single step has been taken by the government to stop the war, to abandon annexations[1] and to curb the capitalists, who are making outrageous profits and heading the country for destruction.

The war is dragging on, a debacle is imminent, the capitalists are making fortunes, the Mensheviks and Narodniks   are talking and threatening, threatening and talking.... But all this falls on deaf ears—Vaska the Cat (the capitalist) listens but goes on eating.[2] 1)

Workers and soldiers, all toiling people! Not a single vote to the Cadets, not a single vote to the Mensheviks and Narodniks!

Vote for the Bolsheviks!


[1] To publish the secret treaties, to make an open, honest, frank offer of peace to all the nations on clearly defined terms. —Lenin

1) A quotation from Krylov’s fable “The Cat and the Cook”.
See Note 28.—Ed.

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