Letter to Alexandra Kollontai, April 4, 1916

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 4 April 1916

First published in 1924 in Lenin Miscellany II. Sent from Zurich to Christiania. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 388.

Dear A. M.,

I have only just learned from Alexander’s letter to Grigory of the sad fate of our friends in the town from which Alexander has come.[1]

I hope you will make use of all your connections, and do everything possible and impossible to extricate them and help them in every way.

I have decided not to write to Branting, because my recommendation at present in all respects—you will appreciate—may do harm. Probably it will be best of all for you to get things moving through your Norwegian friends. Cable, if you need anything else.

(In case of necessity, perhaps the appeal could go through Denmark? It would also be valid through the German Social-Democratic deputies but for the fact that the Right-wingers are very angry with you. Now if you could try through the non-Rightist German Social-Democrats....)

I am surprised that Alexander has received only one letter from me. I sent three: the second to the town from which Alexander has come (addressed to the “Secretary of the Party” at the People’s House—telephone there, if possible); the third went to his present address. I hope he’s got the third letter by now. I am expecting him to write, for he has been somewhat niggardly about writing. Best regards to him from me and N. K. To you too.



  1. A reference to the news of the arrest by the Swedish authorities in Stockholm of the Russian émigrés, N. I. Bukharin, G. L. Pyatakov, Y. Surits and A. I. Gordon. After a few days’ detention, they were released and deported from Sweden.