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V. I. Lenin

MEETING
OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
OF THE R.S.D.L.P.(B.)
OCTOBER 10 (23), 1917



From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1964

Vol. 26, pp. 188-90.

Translated from the Russian
by Yuri Sdobnikov and George Hanna
Edited by George Hanna


Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo, djr@marx2mao.org (October 1999)


MEETING OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE R.S.D.L.P.(B.)
OCTOBER 10 (23), 1917 .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .


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Report. Minutes  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

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Resolution .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

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NOTES




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    NOTES

      [78] The Meeting of the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P. on October 10 (23), 1917, was the first one Lenin attended after his return to Petrograd from Vyborg. Sverdlov was in the chair. Lenin gave a report on the current situation. The Central Committee adopted the resolution motioned by Lenin who proposed immediate preparations for an armed uprising. Only Zinoviev and Kamenev voted against the proposal. Trotsky abstained, but he held that it had to be postponed until the Second Congress of Soviets, which in practice meant bungling the insurrection and allowing the Provisional Government to pull up its forces to crush the uprising on the day the Congress opened. The Central Committee rebuffed the capitulants. The October 10 meeting of the Central Committee is of tremendous historical importance. The resolution on the uprising adopted by 10 to 2 became the Bolshevik Party's directive in starting immediate preparations for an insurrection. To direct the insurrection, the Central Committee set up a Political Bureau headed by Lenin.    [p. 188]

      [79] The reference is to Sverdlov's report to the Central Committee on October 10 (23),1917, on the third item of the agenda: "Minsk and the Northern Front". He said that there was a technical possibility of staging an armed uprising in Minsk, and that Minsk bad offered to send a revolutionary corps to help Petrograd.    [p. 189]