V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1934 in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 3. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 403.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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June 20, 1919

Lashevich, Yurenev
Revolutionary Military Council Eastern Front

There are reports, first, of a considerable decrease in the number of political workers in the armies of the Eastern Front, because they are leaving for local administrative work in the areas liberated from the enemy; and, secondly, of the fatigue of some divisions. The most serious attention must be given to this. Political workers and all others, whoever they may be, should be absolutely forbidden to leave the army before the Urals have been occupied, and before they have been replaced by double the number of Urals workers; and then at all costs you should secure mobilisation en masse in the front-line area and replace the tired units by fresh forces, if only for a temporary rest, because the offensive against the Urals must not be weakened, it must definitely be intensified, speeded up, strengthened with reinforcements. Telegraph what measure you are taking. Pay attention to the rising near Samara and on the Irgiz.[1] Your silence about this is suspicious.

Chairman, Defence Council


[1] During the decisive offensive actions of the Southern Group of the Forces of the Eastern Front against Kolchak, White Cossack and kulak risings occurred in a number of front-line areas (Samara and Orenburg gubernias, and the Urals Region).

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