First published (in facsimile) in 1939 in Voyenno-Istorichesky Zhurnal No. 5.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 185b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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We append three signatures of C.C. members to the demand of the two C.C. members, and forward this demand, as a demand of the Central Committee, to the military authorities for fulfilment.
Members of the C.C., R.C.P.
Moscow, 8. I. 1919
 There follow the signatures of Sverdlov and Smilga.—Ed.
 On December 25, 1918, Kolchak’s troops occupied Perm. Having examined the letter from the Urals Regional Party Committee on the causes of the reverses of the 3rd Army, the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) set up a Committee of Inquiry consisting of J. V. Stalin and F. E. Dzerzhinsky, which visited the 3rd Army early in January 1919.
Lenin’s directive was written in connection with a letter from Stalin and Dzerzhinsky in which they reported on the opening of the investigation and pointed out that in order to prevent the rapid advance of the enemy, it was essential to send urgently three reliable regiments to reinforce the 3rd Army.
On this subject, see also this volume, Documents 219, 251, and present edition, Vol. 28, p. 390.