First published in part in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV.
Published in full in 1956 in the book: V. I. Lenin, Voyennaya perepiska, Moscow.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 237.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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29. V. 1919
Rakovsky for Joffe
Council of People’s Commissars of the Ukraine
Read this telegram to Rakovsky, Mezhlauk, Voroshilov, Pyatakov, Bubnov, Kviring and other prominent functionaries.
I consider it criminal on your part to have persuaded Trotsky to leave Podvoisky.
Not a single promise is being fulfilled: the Donets Basin has no reinforcements; the mobilisation of workers is proceeding at a disgracefully sluggish pace. You are personally responsible for the inevitable catastrophe. All prominent functionaries must be taken off their jobs and installed in Kharkov and Ekaterinoslav for the total mobilisation of workers; further, one prominent functionary to be sent to each army unit for its advance to the Donets Basin; and everything set in motion for clearing out uniforms from the stores. The ruin of the entire revolution is absolutely inevitable unless there is a swift victory in the Donets Basin, for which it is essential to abandon routine in the Ukraine, to work in a revolutionary spirit, to rally all and sundry, to keep an eye personally on each army unit, each step in the work, to set aside everything except the Donets Basin, to have three soldiers to one rifle. From you not one factual report.
 Transmitted by direct line.—Ed.