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The Third Congress of the R.S.D.L.P.
April 12 (25)-April 27 (May 10), 1905

Draft Resolution of the Armed Uprising

V. I. Lenin

The Congress holds, on the basis of the practical experiences of the functionaries and on the basis of the mood of the working-class masses, that preparations for the uprising imply, not only the preparation of weapons, the formation of groups, etc., but also the accumulation of experience by means of practical attempts at separate armed actions, such as attacks by armed squads on the police and on troops during public meetings, or on prisons, government offices, etc. While fully relying on the local Party centres and on the C.C. to determine the limits of such actions and the most convenient occasions for them, while fully relying on the comrades’ discretion in avoiding a useless expenditure of effort on petty acts of terror, the Congress draws the attention of all Party organisations to the need for taking into consideration the above-mentioned facts of experience.

Written at the end of April 1905
First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVI
Published according to the manuscript
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1962, Moscow, Volume 8, page 369.

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