Written: Written on August 20, 1920
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth, Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 421b-422a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I propose replying:
The present moment is definitely unsuitable, while we are retreating from Warsaw. Send the most detailed and exact information about Lithuania over the signature of all the members of the Lithuanian-Byelorussian Central Committee and Smilga’s opinion. But continue the preparatory work more cautiously and systematically.
There is agreement from three members of the Political Bureau.
 This sentence, the signature and the words “on behalf of the Politbureau, Krestinsky” were written by Lenin after receiving the agreement of the members of the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.), —Ed.
 Written below the text of the copy of a telegram sent to Lenin from Vilno on August 19, 1920, by V. S. Mickiewicz-Kapsukas, a member of the Central Committee of the Lithuanian-Byelorussian Communist Party. He reported that revolutionary feeling in Lithuania was rising and “by the day of our departure from Vilno, it may end in a mass armed uprising against the Lithuanian whiteguards”, = and asked: “Do you find it possible for us to prepare for a decisive battle?”
On the same copy Lenin wrote to Trotsky: “Comrade Trotsky, if you agree, send it off or return it to me for coding. Lenin.” On the document there is also a note by Lenin: “Stalin agrees”, and Trotsky’s mark indicating his agreement.