First published (facsimile) in 1930 in Grazhdanskaya voina, 1918–21, Vol. III.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 406.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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July 8, 1910
Zenkovich, Chairman of the Gubernia Executive Committee
Copy to Kurayev,
Member of the Revolutionary Military Council 4
Copy to Plaksin, Chairman of the Gubernia Party Committee
Copy to Krylenko
Copy to Yaroslavsky
Telegraph as precisely as possible, if necessary in code, what practical successes you have achieved, and whether there is a change of mood in the garrison. It is essential that special detachments should go round all the volosts of the front-line area and work them over—organising the poor peasants, removing the kulaks, taking hostages from among them, suppressing the “Greens”, returning deserters to duty. Particular attention to Atkarsk Uyezd and Rtishchevo. I await a detailed factual reply.
Chairman, Defence Council
 Lenin refers to the counter-revolutionary bands marauding in the rear of the Soviet forces.