V. I. Lenin

Telegram To Stalin And Dzerzhinsky[1]

Sent: 14 January, 1919
First Published: 1934 Published according to the manuscript
Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, 4th English Edition, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1972 Volume 28, page 390
Translated: Clemens Dutt; Edited by Robert Daglish
Transcription/HTML Markup: David Walters & Robert Cymbala
Online Version: V. I. Lenin Internet Archive May, 2002


Glazov, for Stalin and Dzerzhinsky

Received and read first code message. Request both of you personally to see to execution of intended measures on spot, otherwise no guarantee of success.



[1] On January 1, 1919, in view of the critical situation at Perm, the Central Committee of the Party and the Council of Defence set up a special commission to investigate the causes that had led to the town's surrender, and to restore the situation at the front defended by the Third Army. The commission was made up of Dzerzhinsky and Stalin, members of the C.C. of the Party.

Lenin sent the telegram in reply to “The Preliminary Report on the Progress of Investigation into the Causes of Surrender of Perm”, which was compiled by Dzerzhinsky and Stalin and gave account of measures taken by the commission to redress the situation. The measures adopted by the Central Committee of the Party and the Council of Defence bolstered up the left flank of the Eastern Front, defended by the Third Army. In the latter half of January 1919 the Third Army units launched an offensive on some sectors of the front. By February 1919 the Third Army had fully recovered its fighting efficiency and took part in the general offensive of troops on the Eastern Front.