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V. I. Lenin

A TACTICAL PLATFORM
FOR THE UNITY CONGRESS
OF THE R.S.D.L.P.

Draft Resolutions
for the Unity Congress of the R.S.D.L.P.

Published in Partiiniye Izvestia,
No. 2, March 26, 1906

Published according  
to the newspaper text  

From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1972

First printing 1962
Second printing 1965
Third printing 1972

Vol. 10, pp. 147-63.

Translated from the Russian
Edited by Andrew Rothstein


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

A TACTICAL PLATFORM FOR THE UNITY CONGRESS OF THE R.S.D.L.P. Draft Resolutions for the Unity Congress of the R.S.D.L.P. [77] .   .
 


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THE PRESENT STAGE OF THE DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION .   .   .

150


ARMED UPRISING .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

151


FIGHTING GUERRILLA OPERATIONS   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

153


THE PROVISIONAL REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL ORGANS OF REVOLUTIONARY AUTHORITY .  .   .   .   .   .   .   .


154


SOVIETS AND WORKERS' DEPUTIES   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

156


ATTITUDE TOWARD THE BOURGEOIS PARTIES  .   .   .   .   .   .

157


ATTITUDE TOWARD THE NATIONAL SOCIAL-DEMOCRATIC
PARTIES .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .


159


THE TRADE UNIONS   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

160


ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE STATE DUMA  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

161


PRINCIPLES OF PARTY ORGANISATION   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

163


NOTES




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    NOTES

      [77] The Bolsheviks' tactical platform for the Unity Congress of the R.S.D.L.P. was drawn up in the latter half of February 1906. All the draft resolutions making up the platform, except the one headed "The Class Tasks of the Proletariat at the Present Stage of the Democratic Revolution", were written by Lenin. The platform was discussed in preliminary form at meetings of Party leaders in Kuokkala, Finland, where Lenin lived for a while.
        Early in March the plat form was discussed in Moscow, at a meeting of members of the Moscow Committee, a group of agitators and propagandists, the literary group, the Moscow Bureau of the Central Committee and other Party functionaries, with Lenin participating, and then, in the

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    middle of March, at a conference in St. Petersburg, with Lenin presiding. On March 20 (April 2), the platform appeared in Partiiniye Izvestia, No. 2, and was also published in leaflet form by the Joint Central Committee and the St. Petersburg Joint Committee of the R.S.D.L.P.    [p.147]

      [78] The reference is to the leaflet "To the Party", issued by the Joint C.C. R.S.D.L.P. in February 1906. It dealt with questions relating to the convocation of the Fourth (Unity) Congress.    [p.149]

      [79] In view of differences over the agrarian question, which became particularly marked on the eve of the Fourth (Unity) Congress of tbe R.S.D.L.P., the Joint Central Committee appointed a special committee including Lenin to present the issue to the Congress. The committee reduced all the different views on tbe agrarian question that had found expression among the Social-Democrats to four basic types of draft and submitted them to the Congress. Most of the committee members adopted the point of view of Lenin, whose draft was therefore submitted to the Congress as that of the committee majority. The draft was approved together with the tactical platform in March 1906, at the Bolshevik meetings preceding the Congress.    [p.149]

      [80] The Commercial and Industrial Party -- a counter-revolutionary party of big capitalists, founded in Moscow after the publication of the Manifesto of October 17 (30), 1905. Its founders were G. A. Krestovnikov, V. P. Ryabushinsky and other big capitalists. The party, which proclaimed itself a supporter of the October Manifesto, insisted on tbe establisbment of a strong government authority to put down the revolutionary movement. It opposed the convocation of a constituent assembly, nationalisation of the land, the introduction of an eight-hour working day, and freedom to strike. It formed a bloc with the Octobrists in the elections to the First Duma. It disintegrated at the close of 1906, most of its members joining the Union of October Seventeenth.    [p.158]

      [81] The Party of Democratic Reforms -- a party of the liberal-monarchist bourgeoisie founded early in 1906, during the elections to the First Duma, by elements who considered the Cadet programme too leftist. Among its more prominent leaders were K. K. Arsenyev, I. I. Ivanyukov, M. M. Kovalevsky, V. D. Kuzmin-Karavayev and A. S. Posnikov. Lacking a solid basis as it did, the Party had gone out of existence by the end of 1907.    [p.158]