Written: Written on August 22, 1918
Published: First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVIII. Printed from the originals.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 139b-140a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I shall speak right away by telephone with the military
about all your
requests. For the time being I advise
appointing your own chiefs and shooting conspirators and
waverers without asking anybody and without allowing
any idiotic red tape. As regards receiving a reply from me,
either wait at the telegraph office, or have people take
their turn of duty, or appoint a time in an hour or two.
I have just spoken to Aralov. According to what he says, everything is already being done to send you shells. Loading begins today, so in two or three days it should be finished. Act more vigorously against the kulaks.
 Transmitted by direct line.—Ed.
 A. K. Paikes, authorised agent of the Food Commissariat, and Zorin, Political Commissar of the 4th Army, reported from Saratov on the bad situation in regard to supplies for the army units and asked that urgent measures be taken for the dispatch of uniforms, equipment and ammunition.