Letter to Grigori Zinoviev, March 21, 1916

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 21 March 1916

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, page 522b.

I have just (8 p. m.) received your postcard. I definitely insist on the insertion: “repudiation of state debts”.

Only today I saw an article in Berner Tagwacht standing for this demand. And not a word there about petty proprietors, concierges, etc. Why should we worry about them. Simply say: “for the sake of the revolution and in connection with it—cancellation of payment on all state debts”—that is the only serious blow at finance capital, the only guarantee of a “democratic peace”. Unattainable without a revolution? Certainly. This is no argument against such a point, but an argument for revolution.

Certainly. There isn’t the shadow of any reason to disagree with the Dutch and Berner Tagwacht on this score.

Tomorrow I shall be sending you a long letter.[1]

They haven’t got Tyszka 1912 here; only 1914 (Löhne,[2] etc.), this can be had in Berne, too, in Schriften des Vereins fur Sozial-Politik. Band 145.



  1. This letter has not been traced.—Ed.
  2. Wages.—Ed.