Written: Written on September 10, 1918
Published: First published (in facsimile) in 1930 in Grazhdanskaya voina. 1918–1921, Vol. III. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 146b-147a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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(Original to be returned to me)
(A copy of the cipher to
be sent to me)
I am surprised and worried at the slowing down of operations against Kazan, especially if it is true, as I have been informed, that you have every opportunity of destroying the enemy by artillery. In my opinion, one must not spare the city and put things off any longer, for ruthless annihilation is essential once Kazan is said to be in an iron ring.
 Lenin’s telegram was transmitted to Kazan at 6.54 a.m. on September 10, 1918, and by 2 p.m. units of the Red Army had liberated Kazan from the whiteguard and White Czech troops.
For Lenin’s greetings to the Red Army men on the capture of Kazan see present edition, Vol. 28, pp. 93, 100.