Letter to Pavel Axelrod, July 30, 1901

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30/VII. 01

Dear P. B.,

I received “Liebknecht” and Vorbote.[1] Many, many thanks!

First a few words about a special matter. We have decided to arrange a meeting with the author of “The Rebirth of Revolutionism in Russia”,[2] but under no circumstances in Munich. We chose Zurich, so that our delegate (it is proposed that I should go) could also meet you on the same trip. The meeting is planned for August 8–10 (before the 12th), new style.

Please let us know whether you can allow us to use your flat for the meeting and whether you can be in Zurich at the time so that we could meet (or, rather, whether I can take a trip to see you, for why should you do any travelling since you are under medical care? For me, needless to say, it is no trouble at all).

The gentleman in question will come to your flat (we shall instruct him accordingly through Alexei’s sister in Geneva, unless you think otherwise), introduce himself as Sokolovsky and ask you (or your wife) for the Iskra representative. Alexei’s sister will wire me when he will leave, and I shall come to Zurich in good time, concealing from him (we fear to trust him too much) my whereabouts.

We have seen the Narodnaya Volya journal Vestnik Russkoi Revolutsii[3] (Ryazanov showed us a copy) but have not received it ourselves, promises notwithstanding. I glanced through only the editorial and a review of Iskra (favourable, but for terrorism). We should be getting it soon, and so should you.

We received the foreword by Kautsky. Your remarks concerning my article[4] in the letter my sister received today made your attitude much clearer to me. I hope we shall still have a chance to talk about this, and—au revoir!



G. V. writes that you will see him. When do you intend to go? We can hasten the trip to Zurich to meet Sokolovsky if you plan to leave soon.

  1. Vorbote (The Herald)—a monthly journal, Central Organ of the German sections of the First International, published in Geneva from 1866 to 1871.
  2. L. Nadezhdin.—Ed.
  3. Vestnik Russkoi Revolutsii. Sotsialno-politicheskoye obozreniye (Herald of the Russian Revolution. A Socio-Political Review)—an illegal journal published abroad (Paris and Geneva) in 1901–05. Four issues came out. The first was published by the Old Narodovoltsi Group and edited by N. S. Rusanov (K. Tarasov). Beginning with issue No. 2 it became the theoretical organ of the Socialist-Revolutionary Party.
  4. See “The Persecutors of the Zemstvo and the Hannibals of Liberalism” (present edition, Vol. 5, pp. 35–80).—Ed.