Written: Written on August 12, 1918
Published: First published in 1926 in the journal Bolshevistskaya Mysl No. 11 (13). Sent from Moscow to Vologda. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 491.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Kedrov, Gubernia Executive Committee, Vologda
The harmfulness of your departure has been shown by the absence of any leader when the British began their advance up the Dvina.
Now you must intensively make up for lost ground, contact Kotlas, send aviators there immediately and organise the defence of Kotlas at all costs.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 M. S. Kedrov’s departure for Moscow coincided with the start of the offensive by the Entente interventionist troops in the direction of Vologda and Kotlas.
Lenin proposed that the defence of Kotlas should be organised at all costs, because there were large stocks of explosives there, and accordingly sent a demolition group to prepare their blast off at the critical moment. Lenin ordered the commander of the Moscow district, N. I. Muralov, to find the heavy artillery battery sent from Moscow to the Urals and place it at the disposal of M. S. Kedrov.
The Red Army held Kotlas—and its war stocks—and this was of great importance for the outcome of the civil war in the North.