V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written not earlier than October 15, 1919
Published: First published in Pravda No. 298, October 28, 1936. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 423.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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In the opinion both of Unshlikht and of Stalin, Sergo is a most reliable military worker. That he is a most loyal and most practical revolutionary, I know from my own experience of over 10 years.


[1] This was written on a letter from G. K. Orjonikidze (Sergo) of October 15, 1919, reporting disorder and criminal lack of discipline in the armies of the Southern Front.

Orjonikidze had written: “Something unbelievable, something bordering on treachery. A light-minded attitude to the work, an absolute failure to understand the seriousness of the situation. Not a sign of order at any of the headquarters. Front H.Q. is a riot.... Where is this order and discipline, where is Comrade Trotsky’s regular army?! How could he have allowed such a collapse? This is beyond all bounds.”

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