V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 131b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Top secret
16. VIII. 1918

Comrade Sklyansky

I am enclosing herewith Comrade Vorovsky’s letter, with documents attached to it (registered in the Managing Department of the C.P.C. 16. VIII. 1918 as No. 2509), and I ask you to pay the most serious attention to the abuse and crime revealed here.[1]

It is necessary to appoint a very limited number of the most reliable and experienced comrades (if possible, not more than two or three), including one from the Extraordinary Commission, to carry out through such a secret commission of inquiry the strictest investigation, at first in absolute secrecy, in order (1) to discover the usual manner in which business is conducted in the institution concerned, (2) to trace the connections of the counter-revolutionary criminals and (3) to arrest all of them, allowing none to escape.

Report to me regularly on fulfilment.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, C.P.C.


[1] The Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the Central Committee of the C.P.S.U. does not have the letter from Vorovsky, or its enclosures, or any other material that would make it possible to establish the precise nature of the abuses referred to. Since Lenin’s letter was addressed to Sklyansky, member of the Board of the People’s Commissariat for Military Affairs, it may be presumed that the reference is to abuses in one of the military departments.

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