V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on July 12, 1918
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 117a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Gubernia Military Commissar

I read your note to Trotsky. He and I fully agree that the telegram from Saratov is trustworthy and should be promulgated, for it comes from people who sincerely condemn the adventure of the Central Committee of the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries.[1]



[1] This evidently refers to the fact that at a meeting convened by the Saratov Committee of the Left Socialist-Revolutionary Party in connection with the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries’ revolt in Moscow, a decision was adopted condemning the actions of the C.C. of the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries tending to undermine Soviet power. The Saratov combat squad of Left Socialist– Revolutionaries at their meeting denounced the treachery of the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries in Moscow and declared that they stood by the platform of defence of Soviet power.

On receipt of a report from Saratov on the decisions adopted by the meeting of the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries, Lenin sent it to Pravda with the following introductory words: “Commissar Ivanov, travelling to the Caucasus, reports from Saratov.” It was published in Pravda with this introduction.

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