V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1942 In Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 233a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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In code 22. V. 1919


I have just learned of the break-through of our front at Riga. Riga is evidently lost.[2] Most likely treachery of the Lettish bourgeois officers. Possibly also preparations for a general, determined offensive along the whole Western Front. All this obliges us to increase tenfold the attack on the Donets Basin and at all costs to put down the revolt on the Don immediately. Sklyansky and I will send another thousand trainees there over and above the thousand sent yesterday.[1] I advise you to devote yourself wholly to liquidating the revolt.



[1] The words “over and above the thousand sent yesterday” are in Sklyansky’s handwriting.—Ed.

[2] Riga was captured on May 22, 1919, by the German troops under General Goltz and by the Lettish whiteguards.

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