V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1934 in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 3. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 230c-231a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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20. V. 1919

Comrade Sokolnikov

I take this opportunity to discuss the revolt at greater length. Your telegram of the 17th (No. 189) distresses me very much: You speak only of “demoralisation” of “ expeditionary troops” and not a word about the division (the 34th, I believe), which was landed to suppress the revolt! Not a word!

After the offensive against Petrograd, suppression of the revolt, the most ruthless and immediate suppression coûte que coûte, is an absolute necessity. Please do not be diverted from this and send information in code twice weekly—I shall insist on the dispatch to you of what is required, just as I insisted today on an additional telegram about (what has already been ordered three times) the dispatch to you of Communists from Voronezh and Tambov gubernias.

Have done with the revolt quickly at all costs!


We shall push on also with all our might with migration to the Don from non-agricultural places to get the farmsteads occupied, the rear fortified correspondingly, and so on.

We shall send trainees as well: I made arrangements with Sklyansky yesterday.


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