V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written after November 2, 1912
Published: First published in 1956 in the journal Kommunist No. 5. Sent from Cracow to St. Petersburg. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, pages 200-201.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Colleague,

I wrote to Gorky as you requested, and received a reply from him today. He writes:

Send the enclosed note to Pravda. There is no question of fee, that is nonsense. I will work for the paper, and will soon begin sending it manuscripts. I couldn’t do it up to now only because I have been desperately busy, putting in about 12 hours a day; it’s back-breaking work.”

As you see, Gorky’s attitude is very friendly.[1] I hope you will reciprocate, and see that Pravda is sent to him regularly. The forwarding department sometimes slips up, so that from time to time you must check and check again.

If you want to retain his friendly interest, send him (through me) any new publication which might be of interest to him, and also any particular manuscripts.

I would very much ask you to send me Pravda Nos. 146, 147, 148 and Nevskaya Zvezda Nos. 26 and 27, at least two copies of each.

Are you thinking of replying to Luch’s maliciously vicious attacks? These rascals first broke away, and are now shouting about a split! Their list did get less (the total vote for the whole list, all 6 candidates} both on Oct. 17 and on Oct. 18! Get hold without fail of the exact figures of the polling for all the liquidator candidates, from Zaitsev or some other of the electors. This is terribly important! And buy the printed list of representatives at the office   of the St. Petersburg city authorities, as I asked! Make sure to do this without fail!

All the best,

Congratulations and good wishes to all the staff, editors and friends of Pravda on the occasion of the victory of its supporters in St. Petersburg, Kharkov and elsewhere!

P.S. Be sure to write now about the circulation of Pravda and Luch Have you enough material?


[1] I enclose Gorky’s letter to Sovremenny Mir[2] requesting them to hand his Tale over to you. Get it as soon as possible.Lenin

[2] Sovremenny Mir (Contemporary World)—a monthly literary, scientific and political magazine, published in St. Petersburg from 1906 to 1918. The Mensheviks were closely connected with the magazine. The Bolsheviks contributed to it during the bloc   with Plekhanov’s pro-Party Menshevik group and in early 1914. During the First World War, the magazine became an organ of the social-chauvinists.

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