V. I. Lenin

Among the Newspapers and Magazines (June 29, 1906)

Written: Written on June 29 (July 12), 1906
Published: Published on June 30, 1905 in the newspaper Ekho No. 8. Printed from the Ekho text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 41, page 185.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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The newspaper Mysl{1} carries an interesting “proscription list” of the Yaroslavl Administration. Dozens of per sons (56 in the town of Yaroslavl and 17 in the town of Rybinsk) are marked off in it as “suspects”, and a secret report requests the police department for “appropriate instructions”. In this connection, Mysl says:

“Let everyone pass judgement. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. He that bath reason to understand, let him understand. The police department has now conceived a grandiose operation for the simultaneous radical and “final liquidation” of a number of organisations over the entire Russian land through a massive “seizure”, unprecedented in scale, of persons suspected of adherence to the Socialist-Revolutionary and Social-Democratic parties, and the peasant and the railway unions. For that purpose, the department has demanded full lists of suspected persons from the local authorities. These “proscription lists”, concentrated in one place, by now contain almost ten thousand names of persons over whom arrest hangs like the sword of Damocles.”

And so, the government is hatching another plot. Military preparations against the people, “measures” to dissolve the Duma, and lists containing 10,000 names for arrest! As in October-December, the government has made a “dead set” at the revolution, utilising the relative freedom to lure out and destroy thousands of more fighters for freedom.

Let one and all, therefore, be at their post. The government is prepared—the revolutionary people must also be prepared.


{1} Mysl (Thought)—a political and literary daily, the legal organ of the S. R. Party, published in St. Petersburg from June 20 (July 3) to July 6 (19), 1906, in place of Golos (Voice), which had been dosed down. Fifteen issues were published. p. 185

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