Lenin’s marriage advice

In light of the severe travel restrictions imposed on Russian socialists, one of the many women in their number, Sophia Ravich, hit upon a novel plan: marry a Swiss citizen. In reply, Lenin writes in 1917:

Your marriage plan sounds very reasonable to me, and I shall stand (in the C.C.) for 100 frs. being issued to you: 50 frs. in the fist of a lawyer and 50 frs. to a “convenient old man” for marrying you!

No, really!! To have the right of entry both into Germany and into Russia!

Collected Works, vol 43, p. 622


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