Letter to Lev Kamenev, August, Prior to 25th, 1912

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 25 August 1912

Written in August, prior to 25th, 1912
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 48. Sent from Cracow to Paris. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 43, pages 295-296a.
Keywords : Letter, Lev Kamenev

Dear L. B.,

I am sending you a letter from Vera. You will see from it why we decided to print the reply to the Germans for Chemnitz and to print it in Leipzig.[1] The Paris order must therefore be cancelled. I hope work on it has not yet been started and the cancellation will not cause any great inconvenience.

You must get without fail to Chemnitz a day or two in advance. We shall give a credential from Rabochaya Gazeta to a Bolshevik here who will go there from Zakopane. He speaks German.

  1. See plan

There’s a serious war ahead of you in Chemnitz.


We shall move to a new flat on September 2. The new address: Ulica Lubomirskiego. 47, au premier, à gauche. (Grigory is at No. 35 in the same street.)


Write whether you are sure to be in Chemnitz on the 12th or 13th of September. The reply to the Germans will have to be sent to your name postlagernd[2] in Chemnitz.

Best wishes,



Peuple (Brussels) reprints from Russkoye Slovo[3] that a conference will soon take place in Vienna (sic!) of Social-Democratic organisations+the Bund+the Letts+the Poles, etc.!!!

[[ Drop in at the Paris group a couple of times and give them a talk. For they have been left to their own devices.... ]]

P.S. If an announcement of the liquidators’ conference comes out, send it over express.

  1. A reference to Lenin’s pamphlet The Present Situation in the RSDLP (see present edition, Vol. 18, pp. 203–20). The pamphlet was sent to the delegates to the Congress of the Social-Democratic Party of Germany held September 15–21, 1912, in Chemnitz.
  2. Poste restante.—Ed.
  3. Russkoye Slovo (Russian Word)—a daily, founded in 1895 and published in Moscow by I. D. Sytin. Formally independent, it championed the interests of the Russian bourgeoisie from moderate liberal positions.
    The newspaper was closed down in November 1917, but it resumed publication in January 1918, first as Novoye Slovo (New Word) and then as Nashe Slovo (Our Word), until July 1918, when it was finally closed down.