V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on May 31, 1918
Published: First published in part on June 2, 1918, in Izvestia No. 111. Published in full in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVIII. Printed from, the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 97b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Kulebaki, Kazan-Moscow Railway

I very much hope that the worker comrades of Vyksa, in carrying out their excellent plan of a mass movement with, machine-guns to obtain grain, will act as genuine revolutionaries, that is, they will staff the detachment with selected reliable people who will not behave like robbers, and who will work to the schedules and in full agreement with Tsyurupa for the common cause of saving from famine all the starving people, and not merely for themselves.



[1] Lenin sent this telegram to the Vyksa workers in reply to one received from them which stated that they were “absolutely starving”, and were going out by steamboats with their detachments and machine-guns in order to obtain grain by force.

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