V. I.   Lenin


To:   M. S. KEDROV[1]

Published: First published in Krasnaya Gazeta No. 17, January 21, 1927. Sent to Vologda. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 358.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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August 29, 1918

Comrade Kedrov,

You are giving us too little factual information. Send reports with every messenger.

How much fortification work has been done?

Along what line?

At what points on the railway have sappers boon provided, so that in the event of an advance in force by the Anglo-French we can blow up and seriously damage such-and-such a number (how many, there must be a full report, and where precisely) of bridges, versts of the railway, passages through the marshes, etc., etc.

Have you taken sufficient measures to safeguard Vologda against the whiteguard peril? It will be unforgivable if you display weakness or carelessness in this regard.




[1] Kedrov, M. S. (1878–1941)—joined the R.S.D.L.P. in 1901. After the October Socialist Revolution, member of the Collegium of the People’s Commissariat for War, and Military Commissar for Demobilisation. In May 1918 he was sent to the North to organise defence. In March 1919 he became a member of the Collegium of the All-Russia Extraordinary Commission.

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