Letter to Georgi Plekhanov, November 6, 1903

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 6 November 1903

Written in Geneva (local mail)
Published: First published in 1926. Printed from the original
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, pages 189-190.

November 6, 1903

Georgi Valentinovich,

I have given much thought to your statement of yesterday that you will reserve for yourself “full freedom of action” if I do not agree to advise Konyagin to resign from the Party Council. I am quite unable to agree to this. Nor do I consider it possible to remain any longer in the unofficial position of de facto editor in spite of my resignation, since you say that full freedom of action as understood by you does not exclude your handing over the editorial board to the Martovites. I am compelled, therefore, to hand over to you all the official contacts of the editorial board of the Central Organ and all documents, which I am sending you under special cover. If any explanations are required in regard to the documents, I shall, of course, willingly give them. Some of the material has been given to contributors (Lebedev, Schwarz, Ruben), who will have to be told of everything being transferred to you.

N. Lenin

P.S. Please do not interpret the turnover of the editorial board in the sense of the notorious boycott. That would contradict what I said plainly in my statement to you of November 1 of this year.[1] I shall now, of course, bring my resignation from the editorial board to the knowledge of the comrades.

P.P.S. I am sending (tomorrow morning by messenger) three packets—aa, bb, cc—according to the importance of the material.

Issue No. 52 was to have been put out on November 16 with the announcement of the Central Committee.[2] For this the printing should begin on Monday; it will be all right even beginning it on Tuesday.

  1. This refers to Lenin’s statement of resignation from the Party Council and from the editorial board of the Central Organ (see ^^Vol. 7^^ of this edition).
  2. This refers to the report concerning the Second Congress of the Party. See ^^Note 212^^.