First published in Bakinsky Rabochy No. 221, September 24, 1933.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 342.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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July 22, 1918
Soviet of Deputies
I can only support in full Stalin’s telegram against the Narodnik faction of the Baku Soviet and concerning the will of the Fifth Congress of Soviets.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Reference is to the telegram that J. V. Stalin sent from Tsaritsyn to Shahumyan on July 20, 1918. In this telegram Stalin condemned the policy of the Mensheviks, Dashnaks and Socialist– Revolutionaries in the Baku Soviet, who, on the pretext of defending the city from the advancing Turkish army, advocated inviting the “assistance” of British troops. On behalf of the All-Russia Central Executive Committee and the Council of People’s Commissars, Stalin demanded that the Baku Council of People’s Commissars should unconditionally implement the decisions of the Fifth All-Russia Congress of Soviets on an independent foreign policy and resolute opposition to the agents of foreign capital.