Letter to Lev Kamenev, November 8, 1912

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 8 November 1912

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, page 305b.
Keywords : Letter, Lev Kamenev

To Kamenev[edit source]


Dear L. B.,

Please hurry up and put out the CO.

We are annoyed with you for your silence. You didn’t write from Vienna. You didn’t convey a message of greetings to the Austrian congress.[1] That’s no good. You didn’t write from Zurich!!

In Warsaw Jagiello got in.[2] We don’t know yet about Moscow

All the best,



  1. A reference to the congress of the Social-Democratic Workers’ Party of Austria held in Vienna on October 31–November 4, 1912.
  2. Y. I. Jagiello, a member of the Polish Socialist Party (P.P.S.), was elected to the Fourth Duma from Warsaw. The Bolsheviks were strongly against his admission into the Social-Democratic Duma group since he had been elected with the support of the bourgeoisie and the bloc of the P.P.S. and the Bund. By a majority of one vote (the decisive vote was cast by a Menshevik) he was nevertheless admitted, but under pressure from the Bolshevik deputies his rights in the group were limited; on all inner-Party questions he was given voice but no vote. For details see Lenin’s article “The Working Class and Its ‘Parliamentary’ Representatives”, and the resolution of the Cracow conference of the CC, RSDLP with Party functionaries, “The Social-Democratic Group in the Duma” (present edition, Vol. 18, pp. 437–38, 460–61).
  3. Manuscript partly damaged. Several words illegible.—Ed.