V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on September 16, 1919
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 286a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Trotsky, Serebryakov, Lashevich

The Politbureau of the C.C. considers it absolutely inadmissible that Selivachov is still without special supervision despite the C.C. decision. We insist on communication being established, if only by aeroplane, and on Serebryakov being sent to him immediately to act as commissar to Selivachov.[1] The behaviour of divisional commanders in the area of the second break-through is extremely suspicious. Take heroic precautionary measures.

The Politbureau directs Comrade Stalin to talk with the Commander-in-Chief and reprove him for the inadequacy of his measures to establish communication with Selivachov and prevent suspicious negligence, if not treachery, in the area of the second break-through; 

further, to reprove the Commander-in-Chief for the extreme passivity of Olderogge and point to the necessity of taking measures either by replacing him by a more energetic commander (discuss the question of Frunze), or by sending highly reliable and energetic commissars, or by both.


[1] At a joint meeting of the Politbureau and Orgbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) on September 18, 1919, it was decided to cancel the decision about sending Serebryakov to Selivachov.

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