Letter to Lev Kamenev, January 10, 1913

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 10 January 1913

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 326b-327a.
Keywords : Letter, Lev Kamenev

Dear L. B.,

I am taking advantage of a free minute to drop you a line in answer to your letter. The meeting here is in full swing—11 people are sitting in.[1] Things are going better. If I can manage it, I shall enclose the first resolution adopted today. Meanwhile, of course, show it to no one....[2] Party workers ... not bad: 3—St. Petersburg, 2—Moscow, 2—the South, a number of prominent legal functionaries, and so on. It is working out well. There have been conciliatory vacillations in the six, but so far we are coming to terms better and better with the chief conciliator among them—Petrovsky. The main issue will be that of “unification”. We shall settle it probably this way: workers from below—welcome; to the group of liquidators in Luch—war. At least, as regards revolutionary strikes, such a re solution has been adopted (unanimously).

The German Vorstand has sent in a paper....

The position is this: they make an experiment in the legal field. We’re glad. But we are extremely cautious. No unification whatever with the group: enter the organisations and we shall make an experiment. For God’s sake, keep the organisation abroad from taking any steps. Read the letter (better relate this part of it) to 2–3 silent and serious people: to Kamsky, Nik. Vas., but not to every body, not widely. For God!s sake hurry with the CO and send at least the proofs immediately!



  1. The reference is to the meeting of the CC of the RSDLP with Party workers, called, for reasons of secrecy, the “February” meeting. It was held in Cracow from December 26, 1912, to January 1, 1913 (January 8 to 14, 1913).
  2. Manuscript partly damaged. Here and further several words illegible.—Ed.