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Petersburg. (Write us whether you have obtained the loan; in my pre-ceding letter I enclosed a note about it for you. If you have not obtainedit and if there is no place to obtain it, we shall probably be able to sendyou something; write us in greater detail.)At Zurich it has been announced that the newspaper Otkliki97 willappear beginning in December (liquidators + probably, Trotsky). InParis, Mysl,the daily of the Socialist-Revolutionists, has begun to ap-pear (supertrivialphrasemaking playing with the “left tendency”).What an abundance of newspapers, what phrases of intellectuals whoare r-r-revolutionary today—and tomorrow------? (Tomorrow they willmake peacewith Kautsky, with Plekhanov, and with the liquidationist“patriotic-chauvinist-opportunist intelligentsia” in Russia------.They had nothing and have nothing in common with the laboringclass of Russia. It is impossible to trust them even for a penny.I firmly shake your hand and wish you courage.The times are hard,but------we’ll pull through ! YoursLe n in96 Lenin, Sochineniia,XXIX, 154-55; another translation is in The Letters ofLenin,pp. 351-52.97 Apparently this refers to the resumption of the Bund periodical Otkliki,published in Switzerland. (Lenin, Sochineniia,XXIX, 155, note 2.)
ACTIVITIES OF THE BOLSHEVIKS ABROAD, 1914-1916 201[To Shliapnikov, Copenhagen, January 3, 1915]98[ Be r n e]DearFr i e n d!I received your two letters with the news of your departure.The reasons which you gave against my assumption (of the possi-bility of not going to Copenhagen, of not leaving Stockholm) have com-pletely convinced me. I see that I have not taken into considerationsomething really very important. If you feel offended, I am ready toapologize in every way and ask you, please do not feel offended.As a matter of fact, the village is, at present, much more dangerous(and more inconvenient for the work)than is the town.On the whole, the situation is such that at present the struggle againstTsarism requires double caution—especially in the way of preservingthe reserves. To spend at once still greater forces (after our immeas-urablelosses) would mean to weaken ourselves completely for the mo-ment of more decisive activities against Tsarism. Therefore, I begyou earnestly to double and triple the conspiracy [i.e., conspirationalmethods] and either(1) to go no further than to write for someone tocome to Sweden or (2) to limit yourself to a very short visit. I beg you,most earnestly, to confine yourself to the first and not to do the second(if such is at all possible).It is better not to go to the conference (January 16) of the Scandi-navians.99 We have now discussed it thoroughly with Grimm. TheSwiss did not go. Consequently this is obviously an intrigue of the Ger-mans and Troelstra -f- Branting. They will make every effort to createconfusion and will prevent you from delivering your Swedish speech.