Written: Written on May 28, 1918
Published: First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVIII. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 95b-96a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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How has the question about using the army in the struggle for
requisitioning grain been decided? If it has been decided
affirmatively, how will the thing be arranged officially—
by way of an agreement with the Commissariat for Military Affairs or by the issue of a decree?
It is very important to know this, for today Kudinsky has been arrested (apparently by Comrade Dzerzhinsky’s Commission); our work threatens to come to a complete stop.
Precisely along these lines. Telephone Trotsky today (from my box), so that he gets everything moving tomorrow.
I have just written to Shlyapnikov about his going to the Kuban. He should make arrangements with you today. I advise you right now, today, to appoint him from the C.P.C.
Stalin has agreed to go to the Northern Caucasus. Send him. He knows the local conditions. Shlyapnikov will find it better with him too.
I fully agree. See them both off today.
 Underlined by Lenin.—Ed.