Written: Written on June 13, 1919
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50. Printed from the text of the telegraph form.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 253b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Stalin, copy to Zinoviev
Code message received. Both your requests Have been fulfilled. Two armoured trains and 500 Communists are leaving today. Trotsky is here. Telegraph, first, whether you have received this reply; second, how you appraise the situation, whether you have recovered what was lost, and what measures have been taken; third, whether you consider possible your arrival tomorrow or the day after or quite impossible; fourth, your opinion about the publication of the document you sent, not in full but parts of it. I urge publication. We ourselves will select what can be published. I await a reply.
 On receiving Lenin’s telegram, Stalin wrote on it a reply for dispatch to Moscow: “What was lost has not yet been recovered. Heavy crossfire is going on. Everything that could be sent has been sent for operations by land. Obviously it is impossible and inadvisable to leave for Moscow during those days. Postpone the plenum. We have no objection to publication of part of the document....” (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50, p. 490.)
The document mentioned in the telegram has not been found.