V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written January 26, 1914
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 48. Sent to Paris. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 380b-381a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Friend,

I shall not be in Paris any more. The plan for publishing a lecture on the national question—nothing doing.

I repeat: not a kopek for anything except the bulletins of the C.C. They are to be done at Riskin’s printing shop (not Stepan’s). He is to be told to observe the strictest secrecy. You yourself or Inessa—but not Antonov—should get back all the MSS. and all the proof-sheets.

Tomorrow I am sending material for the bulletin. Format =sheet of 9.I.1914. Four such pages, Type—large for propaganda material (page 1); small for pages 2 and 3.

Do the job neatly, not à la Antonov and without Antonov. It is ridiculous and shameful to handle practical affairs through that daydreamer. What is needed is a committee of practical men and not a daydreamer (he is a nice, charming man, but a preposterous dreamer).

All the rest of the literature (the C.O., Programme, Rules, Kamenev s pamphlet, the London minutes,[1] etc., all) send without delay to Leipzig. Herrn Koiransky. Sophienstraßk: 30I rechts. Leipzig. (Indicate expéditeur.) Notify me immediately what has been sent and when, at the address: Mr. Wladimir Oulianoff. Rue Souveraine. 18. Bruxelles (Ixelles).

All the best,
V. Lenin


[1] This refers to the minutes of the Fifth (London) Congress of the R.S.D.L.P.—Ed.

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