V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on August 19, 1920
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 419b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Please dispatch

to Zatonsky

in code (Sklyansky knows the address and code)

Let us know in greater detail what you are doing to raise the Galician peasants. Armaments have been sent to you. Are they sufficient? Crush the Polish landowners and the kulaks ruthlessly so that the farm hands, and the mass of the peasants, feel there has been a sharp turn in their favour. Are you using aeroplanes for agitation?[1]



[1] The summer of 1920 saw the beginning of the liberation of the Western Ukraine by the Red Army. The rule of the bourgeoisie and landowners was abolished in 16 uyezds of Eastern Galicia and Soviet power was established there. A provisional regional Soviet authority in Eastern Galicia—the Galician Revolutionary Committee headed by V. P. Zatonsky—was set up in Ternopol. In the uyezds, local revolutionary committees were formed, which strove to enforce the decrees of the people’s government. Lenin warmly welcomed the establishment of Soviet power   in Eastern Galicia and helped the Galician Communists in their Party and Soviet activities.

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