Written: Written on October 24, 1919
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the text in Sklyansky’s handwriting.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 301c-302a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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The Commander-in-Chief wires rejection of the request for dispatch of a brigade over and above the railway regiment and 2 regiments of the 6th Army, of which one is already en route. I think this is correct, because there is nowhere to take them from, and extremely fierce fighting is still in progress in the south near Orel. For the time being, reinforcements of 1,500 will be sent to you. Measures have been taken to send Letts in addition, if they can be found. It is proposed to give you 600 men from the Soviet School.
 Transmitted by direct line.—Ed.
 By a decision of the Central Committee of the Party, more than half the graduating class of Communist students of the Sverdlov University were sent to the front. On October 24, 1919, Lenin delivered a speech to the students of the University who were leaving for the front (see present edition, Vol. 30, pp. 76–84)