V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on June 26, 1918
Published: First published in Pravda No. 51, February 21, 1935. Sent to Murmansk. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 337.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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If you are still disinclined to understand Soviet policy, which is equally hostile both to the British and to the Germans, you will have only yourself to blame. Natsarenus is on his way.

We shall fight the British if they continue their policy of plunder.[1]



[1] This telegram was the last warning to A. M. Yuriev (Alexeyev), Chairman of the Murmansk Territory Soviet, where the Mensheviks and Socialist-Revolutionaries had a majority. On March 2, 1918 Yuriev had violated the instructions of the Soviet Government by entering into negotiations with representatives of the Entente and concluding a so-called “verbal agreement” with them, which virtually placed the Territory’s military forces and economy in the hands of the “Allies” and enabled the imperialists of Britain, France and the United States to land troops in Murmansk.

  Despite several warnings from the Soviet Government Yuriev persisted in his criminal policy. On June 26 he sent Lenin a radio message demanding further concessions to the interventionists. Lenin’s reply was the telegram published here.

Natsarenus, S. P. (1883–1938)—Military Commissar Extraordinary for the Murmansk-White Sea Territory in 1918; later Military Commissar for the Petrograd Military District. He was also at various times member of the Revolutionary Military Councils of the 7th, 14th and 15th armies.

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