On the "Borba" Group

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V. I. Lenin



Iskra, No. 18, March 10, 1902

Published according  
to the Iskra text  

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

Second Impression 1964

Vol. 6, p. 160.

Translated from the Russian
Edited by Clemens Dutt and Julius Katzer

Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo,
 (February 2002)

page 160


    K. N.  You ask what the Borba group is. We know that several of its members have contributed to Zarya (two articles) and Iskra (3 reports, 2 articles and 1 commentary). Several articles they sent us were not published. They have now published a printed "declaration," complaining of our "undemocratic" attitude and campaigning even . . . against a Personencultus [*] As a man of experience you will grasp what is at the bottom of it all from this one unparalleled and peerless word. And when Borba publishes its article against Where to Begin? about the rejection of which they also speak in the declaration -- then even comrades who are absolutely inexperienced in Party affairs will understand why we did not receive these contributors with open arms.

    As for "democracy," see What Is to Be Done?, IV, e)** what is stated there about Rabocheye Dyelo applies to Borba as well.




    * Personality cult. --Ed.
    ** See present edition, Vol. 5. --Ed.