Letter to Georgi Plekhanov, December 19, 1901

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 19 December 1901

First published in 1925 in Lenin Miscellany III. Sent from Munich to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 104

December 19, 1901

Dear G. V.,

I have just received your letter of the 17th, and am replying at once. I replied to you over a week ago about the trip to Brussels,[1] sending the long letter to P. B. (since it also included the plan for No. 4 of Zarya) with a request to send it on to you immediately. If the letter has not been lost, it is a scandal that he has delayed it! I am writing to him immediately.

I support Alexei’s opinion that you must go. Krichevsky can do us harm—and now that the decisive struggle is beginning, we should keep an eye on him. We won’t be able to get along with them.

I am sending you 230 marks: 80 marks=100 francs for the International Bureau, and 150 marks for the trip. Will that be enough?

Take a circular ticket (the period is 2 months) with a break at Munich (if it’s imprudent to do so from Geneva, order it in Zurich). At Zurich persuade P. B. to come too. Then we shall all be together at the beginning of January, and shall have done both with the programme (this is important) and with No. 4 of Zarya, etc.

I am expecting Zarya any day now. I already sent P. B. its contents in that letter.

Write a little report or a note for Iskra on the sessions of the International Secretariat.

Every good wish,



Reply whether you will be here.

  1. G. V. Plekhanov attended the I.S.B. conference in Brussels on December 30, 1901 (Plekhanov and B. N. Krichevsky were elected to the Bureau at the Paris Congress of the Second International in 1900). Iskra No. 15 of January 15, 1902, carried Plekhanov’s report on the conference, entitled “From Brussels. A Letter to Iskra’s Editorial Board”.