V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written in August, not earlier than 28, 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 425a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Dzerzhinsky,

I enclose a coded message from Comrade Beloborodov.[1]

In my opinion the danger is immense.

I propose: 

the adoption of a directive from the Political Bureau

asking the Orgbureau, by arrangement with the Commissariat for Military Affairs and the Vecheka, to draw up emergency measures to combat the danger of a revolt and to mobilise sufficient army, Cheka and Party forces.

Please hand all this at once to Comrade Krestinsky (he will be away for only a few hours today) and for your part adopt all measures at once.

If we are faced with a revolt on the Kuban, our whole policy (which was spoken about in the C.C.) will crash. It is necessary, at all costs, to prevent a revolt, and not to grudge people or efforts for this. Should we not send Mantsev there?



[1] A. G. Beloborodov, Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Caucasian Labour Army, reported in his telegram that the counter __PRINTERS_P_553_COMMENT__ 18–2075   revolutionary whiteguard landing force in the Kuban area would be liquidated in the immediate future (see Note 438).

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