First published in 1934 in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 3.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 391.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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May 21, 1919
Revolutionary Military Council, Southern Front
Copy to Sokolnikov, Member, Revolutionary Military
Copy to Khvesin and Beloborodov,
Staff of the Commander of the Expeditionary Forces
From Beloborodov’s telegram of the 20th I learn monstrous news, that orders reach units several days late, while armoured cars have no fuel. I am putting pressure on here, pull things together in your own area. The Military Commissar at Tambov telegraphs that he has sent you 669 Communists to Boguchar and Ust-Medveditskaya. I am surprised that, having them, plus 2,000 Red Army cadets, plus a division, you are slow to take resolute action to crush the revolt, which must be done immediately. Telegraph in as much detail as possible.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars