Written: Written on January 2 or 3, 1919
Published: First published in Pravda No. 21 , January 21, 1937. Printed from the text written by J. V. Stalin and signed by V. I. Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 377.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Trotsky, Chairman of the Revolutionary Military Council
of the Republic
Kursk (or present whereabouts)
The operations report of the Chief of Staff of the Caucasus Front No. 4873 shows that the Krasnov troops have occupied Raigorod, on the banks of the Volga south of Sarepta, threatening in the first place our military freight moving from Vladimirovka to Tsaritsyn, and secondly the safety of the line from Astrakhan to Saratov. Please take steps. The same operations report shows that a British fleet of four vessels bombarded Staroterechnaya, south of Astrakhan, set fire to two of our barges and withdrew to sea unscathed, seizing our hospital ship Alesker with medical staff on board. Where is our fleet and what is it doing?
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars