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V. I. Lenin

THE ZEMSTVO CAMPAIGN
AND ISKRA 'S PLAN

Written in November 1904
 
Published in pamphlet form
in Geneva in November 1904

Published according to
the pamphlet text
 
 

From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1965

Second Edition

Vol. 7, pp. 497-518.

Translated by Abraham Fineberg and by Naomi Jochel
Edited by Clemens Dutt


Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo, djr@cruzio.com (May 1998)

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    NOTES

      [154] The Zemstvo Campaign and "Iskra's" Plan is a criticism of a letter to the Party organisations issued by the editors of the Menshevik Iskra in November 1904. It evoked a reply from the editors, in the form of a second letter; both letters bore the superscription "For Party Members Only". The second letter was, however, circulated exclusively among Mensheviks, and this caused Lenin to add a postscript to his pamphlet (last two paragraphs on p. 518). As the pamphlet had already been printed and circulated to the committees, the postscript was printed separately and pasted into the copies still on hand. The date "December 22, 1904" relates to the postscript only.
        The Zemstvo Campaign and "Iskra's" Plan had a wide circulation among the local Party organisations: during house-searches and arrests copies were discovered in Smolensk, Batum, Riga, Saratov, Suvalki, and elsewhere.    [p.497]

      [155] Ugryum-Burcheyev -- the type of the stolid, narrow-minded dignitary, depicted by Saltykov-Shchedrin in his History of a Town. By "our Ugryum-Burcheyevs" Lenin meant the palace clique of Nicholas II.    [p.502]

      [156] Novoye Vremya (New Times ) -- a paper published in St. Petersburg from 1868 to October 1917. Originally moderately liberal, after 1876 it became the organ of the reactionary nobility and bureaucracy, fighting not only the revolutionary, but also the liberal-bourgeois movement. Starting with 1905 it was one of the mouthpieces of the Black Hundred arch-reactionaries.    [p.503]

      [157] The Rostov demonstration -- the great political demonstration, with 30,000 workers taking part, which grew out of the strike in Rostov in November 1902. The strike, which began on November 2 (15) as an economic one, was led by the Iskra -ist Don Committee of the R.S.D.L.P. Lenin discussed the Rostov strike in his article "New Events and Old Questions" (present edition, Vol. 6, pp. 278-83).    [p.513]

      [158] Balalaikin -- a character in Saltykov-Shchedrin's "Modern Idyll" a liberal windbag, adventurer, and liar. By the "editorial Balalaikin" of the Menshevik Iskra Lenin meant Trotsky.    [p.513]

      [159] Svyafopolk-Mirsky -- Minister of the Interior in the latter half of 1904, whose tenure of the post was marked by a brief "liberal

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    season" of minor concessions by the autocracy to the liberal bourgeoisie.    [p.515]

      [160] Lenin is referring to the adventurist calls of the Economists (Rabocheye Dyelo -ists) in the spring of 1901 for an immediate assault on "the fortress of despotism".    [p.516]