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 302b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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25. X. 1919

Comrade Smilga and other members of the R.M.C. of the
Front and Armies

I strongly recommend the bearer, Comrade Stepan Nazarov, a Bolshevik, whom I have known personally for a long time.

He and other Ivanovo-Voznesensk comrades have formed an intelligently organised group (of from 300 to 500 men) for all-round service to and revitalisation of the whole army.

I warmly recommend the comrades and earnestly request that all measures be taken to ensure they will not be lost, but allocated correctly and carefully. I particularly ask to be informed of the receipt of this letter and of where and how the comrades are assigned.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of Defence


[1] This letter was written in connection with the departure for the front of Ivanovo-Voznesensk Communists who had been called   up. A meeting of the city Party organisation took place in Ivanovo-Voznesensk on October 3. It called on every member of the Party to devote himself to the cause of routing Denikin’s army and instructed the Party organisations to begin mobilising Communists for the front. The first party of mobilised men were seen off to the front on October 22. On October 24, the mobilised Ivanovo-Voznesensk Communists arrived in Moscow. Lenin made a speech to them in the House of Trade Unions (see Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 39, p. 238). Fifty of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk Communists were sent to the Headquarters and the Political Department of the South-Eastern Front and the remainder to the 9th Army.

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