Written: Written at the end of August 1919
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 418.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Secret. Take 2 copies, and send one to Comrade Sklyansky with this note:
It is clear from this that they are trying to shift responsibility. Probably there isn’t a single battle-worthy unit against Mamontov: this is an absolute disgrace, and complete negligence on the part of the Revolutionary Military Council, or complete failure to use an opportunity.
As energetic measures as possible must be taken!
To Sklyansky. See to it yourself that all this is kept secret.
Addition: The railway people say that our units that have been sent against Mamontov are afraid to leave their trucks.
By sending such units, the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic disgraces itself.