V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on July 7, 1918
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the text in an unknown hand, added to and signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 114b-115a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Natsarenus, Commissar Extraordinary

You are charged with the following duties:

1. To take all measures for the thorough destruction of the railway line over the greatest possible distance.

2. Foreigners directly or indirectly assisting the predatory campaign of the Anglo-French imperialists to be arrested, in case of resistance—to be shot.

3. Citizens of the Soviet Republic directly or indirectly assisting in imperialist plunder—to be shot.

Two million rubles are being remitted and put at your disposal. You will be informed separately about the military aid to be sent to you.[1]

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


[1] The last sentence of the telegram is in Lenin’s handwriting.— Ed.

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