Letter to NN, March 1911

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Author(s) Lenin
Written March 1911

First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXV. Sent from Paris to Berlin. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 43, page 276.
Keywords : Alexei Rykov, Letter

This letter was evidently addressed to A. I. Rykov.—Ed.

Dear Comrade,

I am sending you two letters.[1] The first from Poletayev, the second from Negorev (Jordansky).

They are the actual editors of Zvezda.

They must be helped.

There is only one source—the Germans. Apply to the Vorstand[2] through Pfannkuch. Ask for 5,000 marks (they’ll give you 3,000). Tyszka once received money from them for Trybuna[3] and now is asking for the second time—which means he probably considers you a “competitor”. Bear this in mind, try to find a fully reliable interpreter (we have some we know, but they are very “colonial” people) and do not fail to get some money from the Vorstand for Zvezda.

Tyszka goes about it this way: he asks the Vorstand through Karski. The Vorstand sends an inquiry to the Central Committee Bureau Abroad and issues the money if there are no objections. If you do not wish the Bureau Abroad to know that you are in Berlin, you must take some steps.

I am enclosing a “credential”,[4] in case you need it.

All the best,


Did you get the letter with Alexandrov’s letter enclosed about Lieber’s report in the Central Committee Bureau Abroad?[5]

Reply as soon as you can. The matter must be cleared up finally.

  1. Save these letters and return them to me without fail as soon as you are through with them. —Lenin
  2. Executive of the German Social-Democratic Party.—Ed.
  3. Trybuna—organ of the Social-Democratic Party of the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania, published in Warsaw in 1910 and 1911. The actual editor of the newspaper was Leon Tyszka.
  4. for the Germans; I certify that you are a member of the CC —Lenin
  5. In a letter to A. I. Rykov dated March 10, 1911 (see this volume, Document 220) Lenin refers to a copy of a letter from N. A. Semashko (Alexandrov), a member of the CC Bureau Abroad. Lenin here is evidently asking about the same letter.