Written: Written on November 15 (28), 1917
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 45a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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You have proposed to me the organisation of a group of staff officers and generals who have a higher military education and who wish to work out the military and technical problems of an armistice that would permit Russia, without violation of her interests, to secure the suspension of hostilities.
In view of the extreme urgency of this matter, I would earnestly request you to get your group together at once, tomorrow morning, and to send me tomorrow evening at least a brief outline of the main problems, points and provisions of an armistice agreement (demarcation of the front line, stipulation that no troops be moved to other fronts, control measures, etc., etc.), and also to indicate the person or persons who would be fully competent to take part directly in the negotiations.
Please send me a reply by messenger.