V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50. Printed from the typewritten text, added to and signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 235b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Executive Committee
Copy to Rakovsky, Council of People’s Commissars, Kiev

Allowing foreigners to leave on their own is criminal. To let Russians out under the guise of foreigners is a counter-revolutionary act, tantamount to treason. Foreigners in general should not be allowed out without compensation which can only be ordered by the central government. Citizens of the Entente countries should not be allowed to go, other than by way of exchange carried out by the central government. Not a single Frenchman should be allowed to go out until the return of the soldiers from France, among whom there are many Ukrainians. Those guilty of violating this should be held strictly responsible. Bear in mind that the Finnish Government, obviously at the instigation of the Entente, is hindering the release to Russia of Russian soldiers; therefore do not allow a single bourgeois, a single person, to leave Odessa and the Ukraine. Exceptions— Chinese workers, Persians, by orders from the centre.[1]

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


[1] The sentence in the telegram from the words “Bear in mind” to the words “and the Ukraine” was written by Lenin. The first part of the telegram is a typewritten text, apparently written by Chicherin since there is a note by him to the document saying: “To Comrade Lenin. Draft of a telegram; please reply whether you agree to it.” He also wrote the last sentence: “ Exceptions—Chinese workers, Persians, by orders from the centre.”

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