First published in Bulletins of the Dictatorship of the C.C. of the Caspian Flotilla and of the Presidium of the Provisional Executive Committee No. 33, September 8, 1918.
Sent to Baku.
Printed from the text of Bulletins.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 93a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Moscow, May 24, 1918
Dear Comrade Shahumyan,
I take the opportunity to send you once again a few words (I sent you a letter by hand recently; did you receive it?).
The Baku situation is a difficult one internationally. I would advise you therefore to attempt a bloc with Jordania. If that is impossible, you must manoeuvre and postpone a decision until you are stronger militarily. A sober estimate and diplomacy for a postponement—remember that.
Get the radio going and send me letters through Astrakhan.
All the best,
 Lenin probably has in mind the letter he sent to S. G. Shahumyan on May 14, 1918 (see present edition, Vol. 35, Document 145).
Lenin’s letter of May 24 was delivered to Baku by S. M. Ter-Gabrielyan, one of the leaders of the Baku Commune.