V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written in October, not earlier than 27th, 1913
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXV. Sent to St. Petersburg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 361b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Colleagues,

I have just read No. 8 and cannot help expressing my surprise at your publishing such an article as “A Meeting of Marxists”,[2] etc.!! To my mind this was extremely unwise, and if the author, for obvious reasons, was “carried away”, you, on the spot, should have realised the impossibility of printing this article. For God’s sake avoid such carelessness: in this way you are giving the very devil of assistance to all our enemies.

It is necessary to reprint (gradually) from No. 8 the articles of Petrovsky and of the former conciliator.[3]

Best regards,

I earnestly request you to change my address: I have written and asked, but it doesn’t help!!

Ulianow. 51. Ulica Lubomirskiego. Kraków.


[1] Za Pravdu (For Truth)—one of the names under which the Bolshevik newspaper Pravda was published from October 1 (14) to December 5 (15), 1913. Altogether 52 numbers were issued, of which 21 were confiscated and 2 were fined.

[2] The article “A Meeting of Marxists” in No. 8 of the newspaper Za Pravdu for October 12, 1913, gives a detailed report of the Poronin meeting of the C.C., R.S.D.L.P. with Party functionaries held September 23–October 1 (October 6–14), 1913. The writer of this article was M. Chernomazov, who was subsequently found to be an agent of the secret political police.

[3] This refers to the articles by G. I. Petrovsky, “My Impressions” (concerning his visit to Kiev, Yekaterinoslav, and Kherson and Poltava gubernias) and “Foul Play” (concerning the Beilis case), and the article by the “former conciliator” N. Borin (N. Krestinsky), “Two Moral Measures”. These articles were not reprinted.

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