First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 138b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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21. VIII. 1918
Comrade Bosh told me about your meeting at the front, about the state of affairs at the front and about your doubts. She said that you were sure Syzran could and should be captured, but did not want to write here about it.
If this is so, you are in the wrong. That’s what a commissar is for—to complain. Be sure to write (and telegraph) to me about everything and more frequently.
There has not once been a line from you.
That’s too bad. It is not Party behaviour and is a failure to fulfil your duty to the state! It’s too bad, really.
 On the envelope Of the letter Lenin wrote: “To Comrade -5 Medvedev (Political Commissar) (From Lenin).”—Ed.