MARXIST INTERNET ARCHIVE |  V. I. Lenin


V. I. Lenin

THE SOCIAL-DEMOCRATS
AND THE DUMA ELECTION

Written January 13-14
(26-27), 1907
Published in pamphlet form
in January 1907,
by Novaya Duma Publishers

Published according to
the pamphlet text
 
 
 

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

Second Impression

Vol. 11, pp. 431-55.

Translated from the Russian
Edited by Clemens Dutt


Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo, djr@marx2mao.org (December 2001)

THE SOCIAL-DEMOCRATS AND THE DUMA ELECTIONS .   .   .   .
 

431
 

  The Social-Democrats and the Elections in St. Petersburg .
 

433
 

   

I.
 

The Conditions Under Which the Social-Democratic
Conference Was Convened, and Its Composition   .   .


433

II.

The Question of Dividing the Conference.   .   .   .   .

441

III.
 

What Is the Significance of the Menshevik Walk-out
at the Conference?   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .


444

IV.
 

The Political Parties and the Forthcoming Elections
in St. Petersburg  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .


450

Postscript.   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

453


NOTES




page 507


NOTES

  [172] The pamphlet The Social-Democrats and the Duma Elections was printed in January 1907 by the Novaya Duma Publishers in St. Petersburg at the print-shop of the Dyelo association which simultaneously printed Lenin's pamphlet "When You Hear the Judgement of a Fool. . . ." (From the Notes of a Social-Democratic Publicist). In 1912 both pamphlets were prohibited by the government.    [p. 431]

  [173] Chernyshevsky, N. G. (1828-89) -- the great Russian revolutionary democrat, materialist philosopher and writer.
    Lenin is referring to Chernyshevsky's work Carey's Letters on Political Economy to the President of the United States of America.    [p. 448]

 
page 508

  [174] Lidval case -- the case of E. Lidval, big businessman and speculator, and V. I. Gurko -- Deputy Minister of the Interior. With Gurko's assistance Lidval made a deal with the government to supply during October-December 1906, 10,000,000 poods of rye to the famine-stricken provinces of Russia. Lidval received a large sum of government funds from Gurko as advance payment but by mid-December 1906 had brought up to the railways less than one-tenth of the total amount of grain. The discovery of the embezzlement of government funds and speculation on the famine became common knowledge and the government was forced to bring the matter to the courts. But the case never came to trial and the only result for Gurko was that he was removed from his post. Lidval case helped to expose the anti-popular policy of the tsarist government, and to bring about the failure of the Right-wing parties in the elections to the Second State Duma.    [p. 450]

  [175] Lenin is referring to the tsarist government's farcical trial of the murderers of M. Y. Herzenstein, a Cadet member of the First State Duma (killed by Black-Hundred agents in Finland on July 18 (31), 1906). In spite of the fact that wide circles of the public knew who were responsible for the murder, the tsarist government did everything to prevent the murderers from being convicted. The investigation was deliberately dragged out the trial was several times postponed and finally, on April 3 (16), 1907, the case was dropped.    [p. 450]