V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on February 25, 1918
Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 68a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Chicherin, Joffe, Karakhan, Sokolnikov
Novoselye Railway Station
Peace Delegation

We do not quite understand your telegram. If you are wavering, it is impermissible.[1] Send envoys and try to reach the Germans quickly.

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


[1] On February 25, the Soviet delegation, which had left for Brest-Litovsk to sign the peace treaty, was delayed at Novoselye railway station, where a bridge had been blown up. Unable to get in touch directly with the German Government, the delegation wired the Council of People’s Commissars requesting that the German Government be informed of the arrival of the delegation. Lenin’s remark about possible waverings on the part of the delegation was apparently due to the fact that two of its members, G. Y. Sokolnikov and A. A. Joffe, had been refusing to join it, and had only set out after a decision of the Central Committee of the R.C.P.(B.).

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