First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXI.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 372.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Urgent, top priority
November 9, 1918
Orel, Gubernia E.C. and Gubernia Communist Party
Kursk, Gubernia E.C. and Gubernia Communist Party
A radio message has just been received from Kiel, addressed to the international proletariat and stating that power in Germany has passed into the hands of the workers and soldiers.
This radio message is signed by the Council of Sailors’ Deputies of Kiel.
In addition, German soldiers at the front have arrested a peace delegation from Wilhelm, and have themselves begun negotiations for peace direct with the French soldiers.
Wilhelm has abdicated.
It is essential to make every effort to communicate this as soon as possible to the German soldiers in the Ukraine, and to advise them to attack the troops of Krasnov, because then we shall together win tens of millions of poods of grain for the German workers, and beat off an invasion by the British, whose squadron is now approaching Novorossiisk.
Telegraph receipt and fulfilment.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars