Letter to Grigori Zinoviev, After March 16, 1916

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 16 March 1916

Written after March 16, 1916
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Zurich to Berne. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 43, pages 516b-517a.

I am very glad that arrangements have been made with Grimm.

I hope he is also publishing the Statement Against the Organising Committee Secretariat Abroad.[1] You say nothing about it! Please answer.

I asked you twice about Sukhanov’s pamphlet, but you do not answer (whether you sent it to Olga).

What about Vorbote No. 2? When is it coming out? Will there be criticism of the Internationale resolutions?

N.B. || If there will, may I see it in the manuscript?

I have not seen the Junius yet[2]; couldn’t you send it? (I’ll try Platten.)

What questions haven’t I answered? I wrote to Kollontai and will write again.

(If you happen to see the MSS. for Vorbote couldn’t you send them here for half a day?)



  1. This refers to the statement of protest of the CC, RSDLP to the I.S.C. challenging the Organising Committee’s right to representation at the Second International Socialist Conference. The statement mentioned the fact that all organisations in Russia connected with the OC approved of participation in the war industries committees, thereby taking a “social-patriotism stand”.
    The Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism, under the CC, CPSU, contain a proof-sheet of this statement, which fits the size of the Sotsial-Demokrat columns. Lenin may have lent a hand in drafting this protest. On June 10, 1916, Sotsial-Demokrat carried the announcement: “The CC’s statement to the I.S.C. concerning representation of the OC will appear in the next issue”. The document was not published at the time.
  2. This refers to Rosa Luxemburg’s pamphlet Die Krise der Sozial demokratie, for a criticism of which see Lenin’s article “The Junius Pamphlet” (present edition, Vol. 22, pp. 305–19).