V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on July 7, 1920
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 398b-399a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Zinoviev,

I am sending the preface to Imperialism.[1]

Please have also the Basle Manifesto of 1912 reprinted as an appendix. (It should not be difficult to find the German text for you surely have Grinberg’s “archives”, etc.)

I have received your theses on the Soviets and the conditions for their establishment, but have only managed to skim lightly through them, I do not object.



What about my speeches and reports at the Congress?[2] Is it necessary to prepare them in German or French? I think the opening speech (and others) should be in Russian (for, almost certainly, they will be in theatres with Russian audience). They will be translated. And since there are the theses I propose, while referring to them, to speak extremely briefly. Your opinion? (The agrarian report by   Marchlewski; for me the national report and the opening speech, only?)


[1] See present edition, Vol. 22, pp. 189–94.—Ed.

[2] See Note 414.

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