Vladimir Lenin

Letter To Red Army Men Who Took Part In The Capture Of Kazan[1]

Written: 29 September, 1918.
First Published Znamya Revolutsii (Kazan) No. 177, September 29, 1918; Published according to the Znamya Revotutsii
Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, Progress Publishers, Moscow, Volume 28, 1974, page 99
Translated (and edited): Jim Riordan
Transcription/HTML Markup: David Walters
Online Version: V.I.Lenin Internet Archive, 2002


You already know what tremendous significance Kazan's capture has acquired for the whole Russian revolution. It marked a turning-point in the soldiers’ mood, their changeover to firm, resolute and victorious actions. The immense sacrifices you bore in battle are saving the Soviet Republic. The Republic’s strength in the fight against the imperialists depends on the army’s fortification. So does the victory of socialism in Russia and all over the world. With all my heart I greet the heroic Soviet troops, the army of the vanguard of the exploited fighting for the overthrow of the exploiters. Very best wishes for the future.

Comradely and communist greetings,
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)


[1] Lenin’s letter was read to the garrison troops of the town of Sviyazhsk.