First published on February 23, 1938, in Pravda No. 53.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 212b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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18. IV. 1919
I have received your telegram about the Petrograd workers’ enthusiastic response to the mobilisation. Today I had a detailed report from the Commander-in-Chief, and I see clearly that unfaltering exertions and extreme speed are essential. Take advantage of Kalinin’s presence to step up and accelerate dispatch of troops from Petrograd. If you can, send more also with Kalinin.
 On April 11, 1919. Izvestia published a decree of the C.P.C. calling up for military service in the Red Army workers and peasants of the central gubernias who did not exploit the labour of others, and who were horn between 1886 and 1890. In his telegram Zinoviev reported that a meeting of Petrograd Communists had decided to mobilise up to 20 per cent of the members of the Party over and above the general mobilisation.