Written: Written on April 1, 1918
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the text of the telegraph form.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 73c-74a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Chairman of the Sovnarkom
of the Petrograd Labour Commune
In accordance with your statement by telephone we expect the immediate and formal withdrawal of the Red Guard detachments, which, though few in number, entered Finland against the wishes of the Soviet authorities. We insist that a formal decision to this effect should be passed by the Sovnarkom of the Petrograd Commune. We urgently request to be informed immediately of the full text of this decision.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars