First published in 1963 in French in Cahiers du Monde Russe et Soviétique No. 1–2.
First published in Russian in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 48.
Sent from Paris to Brussels.
Printed from a typewritten copy.
Translated from the French.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 43, page 285.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I have received your Circular No. 5. I am enclosing an official communication which I would ask you to for ward to the secretaries of all the parties duly affiliated with the International Association.
I also have, dear citizen, a request to make in regard to your introduction to Circular No. 5: would you be so kind as to explain to me a point on which I am not quite clear. The thing is this. In the second sentence of your introduction you put forward what I think is a fine principle; you say that the secretariat is duty bound to pass on (to all organisations) documents submitted by organisations duly affiliated with the International Association, and by members of the Bureau.... This is perfectly correct. But, dear citizen, do you not think that the first sentence of your introduction, in which you say that you are communicating to the parties affiliated with the Association a protest resolution sent, as you so kindly informed me, by Citizen Babin, clearly contradicts this principle? Does Babin represent an organisation duly affiliated with the Association, and if so, what organisation? Or perhaps Babin is a member of the Bureau? If he is, what organisation does he represent? And what organisation affiliated with the Association is responsible to the Bureau for the Paris resolution? I shall be boundlessly grateful to you, dear citizen, if you dispel my doubts.
With fraternal greetings,
 See “A Letter to Huysmans, Secretary of the International Socialist Bureau” (present edition, Vol. 17, pp. 547–50).—Ed.