V. I.   Lenin



Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 171b-172.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Trotsky at his present whereabouts

Perm is in a dangerous plight.[3] I consider it essential to send reinforcements. Petrograd can provide regiments   of Soviet poor peasants, there are two of them there, or others, at the direction of the Revolutionary Military Council. We propose that you give the appropriate directives as quickly as possible. We propose that you point out to the Revolutionary Military Council[1] the tremendous importance of Kizel District of Perm which supplies coal to the factories and the entire railway. The loss of Kizel will halt traffic.


Written on December 12, 1913
First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV
Printed from the text of the telegraph tape


All coded
13. XII. 1918

or present whereabouts

News from around Perm is extremely alarming. Danger threatens it. I am afraid we forgot about the Urals. Bring pressure to bear on Vatsetis without fail and check whether he is sufficiently energetically providing reinforcements for Perm and the Urals. Lashevich told Zinoviev that only blooded units should be sent.


First published in part on February 23, 1938, in Pravda No. 53
Published in full in 1963 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50
Printed from the original


[1] The Revolutionary Military Council of the Eastern Front.—Ed.

[2] The telegram was signed also by Sverdlov.—Ed.

[3] Towards the end of November 1918, Kolchak’s troops, possessing considerable superiority in strength, launched an offensive against the 3rd Army of the Eastern Front with the aim of uniting with the interventionist troops in the north. After heavy defensive battles, the 3rd Army was forced to abandon a considerable   territory. The causes for the defeat were: poor supply of clothing, food and ammunition to the army units, lack of the necessary reserves, contamination of some army units by counter-revolutionary elements owing to the violation of the class principle in the formation of units, shortcomings in the army leadership on the part of the commander, M. M. Lashevich, and the Revolutionary Military Council of the army.

On this subject see also this volume, Document 242.

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