Comrade Sverdlov! Please, have a talk with Ganetsky on sending a delegation from the Central Executive Committee abroad.
On the question of Hanecki, the narrow C.C. has passed a decision not to appoint him as representative in Stockholm. That is to say, it rescinded the previous decision of the C.C. I propose that this decision be countermanded on the following grounds. See more
What are the arguments against Hanecki? He is known since 1903; a member of the Polish C.C. who worked for many years as a C.C. member; we saw his work in Cracow, his trips to Russia, etc., we saw him at all congresses, etc., etc. The arguments are merely a campaign of bourgeois slanders, Zaslavsky’s outcries. It would be quite unworthy of a workers’ party to show such credulity to intellectualist scandal. Let someone prove anything bad about Hanecki first, before we remove him. “But Hanecki traded with Parvus,” they “all” say. Hanecki earned his living as an employee in a commercial firm of which Parvus was a shareholder.
That is what Hanecki told me. It has not been refuted. Is it forbidden to work in capitalist commercial undertakings? Where? By what decision of the Party? Are there no people among us who work in commercial firms of Russian, British and other capitalists? Or is it permissible to be a technician, a manager or an employee of Russian capitalists, but not of German, even when living in a neutral country?? And is that to be the decision of an “internationalist” party?? Let it decide frankly, let it pass a general resolution, let it give grounds for the step taken against Hanecki.
How pleasant was this day with Lenin! In his presence a person came to life and felt a rush of fresh strength and special energy. I yearned to go Petersburg with him. But the leader told me to stay, and I had to obey…
Now the steamer is coming closer. These few minutes seemed to last an eternity. At last, it docks. Gradually, a number of figures appear: Platten, Vladimir Ilyich, Zinoviev, Nadezhda Konstantnovna and many familiar comrades...Radek is there, too. Confident that the Germans would dutifully honour our conditions and not inspect our passports, he decided to take advantage of the situation and make his way into Russia “illegally”.
Final departure on Monday. 40 people.
Earmark two thousand, better three thousand, kronen for our journey. Intend leave Wednesday minimum ten persons. Wire.
When it seemed all hopes that the Provisional Government would help ensure passage through England were in vain, the expatriates in Switzerland decided to enter into negotiations with the German government. It was our Swiss comrade Platten who led the negotiations. The conditions, worked out by the entire expatriate colony, were accepted by the German government.
The conditions were as follows.
1) All expatriates are to travel regardless of their views on the war.
2)The railway carriage in which the expatriates are to travel will enjoy extra-territorial rights. Nobody has the right to enter the carriage without the permission of comrade Platten. There shall be no inspection of passports or luggage.
3) Those who travel to Russia are obliged, once there, to campaign for the exchange of a corresponding number of Austro-Hungarian internees.
Receiving in the post a book from Switzerland, I guessed that I’d find a letter inside the cover… And so it proved. I found a little note penned by Ilyich... as well as a photograph of him. See more
The note said something like the following: “We cannot wait any longer, it’s pointless to pin any hopes on the possibility of getting to Russia by legal means. But we must get to Russia at once – whatever the cost. The only possible plan is as follows: find a Swede that looks like me. But, since I don’t know Swedish, the Swede must be deaf and dumb. I enclose my photograph just in case.”