Written: Written on February 26, 1919
Published: First Published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Sent to Voronezh. Printed from The first telegram is printed from the original, the second from the text of the telegraph form.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 198b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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The Council of Defence has decided that if the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic fails, within two days, to present a reasoned decision in favour of the Povorino-Tsaritsyn line, we shall give priority to the Liski-Likhaya line. The Commissariat for Railways plainly states that there cannot be enough materials for restoring the bridges of both lines. I fully agree with this decision of the Council of Defence, but if you can perform a miracle by contriving to repair the Povorino-Tsaritsyn line in addition to the Liski-Likhaya line, you will indeed be a miracle worker.
I personally agree to leave you if you undertake to restore both lines, as you write. I shall try today to get in touch with Tsyurupa and Sverdlov, and if we arrive at a different decision I shall telegraph you immediately. Probably Nevsky did not know what materials you can get from the south. I shall pass on to him both your memos.