V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on June 2, 1920
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 379b-380a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Stalin

To be handed only personally to Stalin for personal decoding

The situation on the Western Front has turned out to be worse than Tukhachevsky and the Commander-in-Chief thought, hence the divisions you asked for must be sent there, but no more can be taken from the Caucasian Front, because there are insurrections there and the position is extremely alarming. Trotsky is arranging to send you reinforcements from the Crimean divisions, which may enable   you to take two or three of them for the Kiev direction. Try to bring up the units and at all costs follow up the offensive with greater vigour. You, of course, will remember that, by a decision of the Politbureau, the offensive against the Crimea has been halted pending a further decision of the Politbureau.[1]



[1] This refers to the decision of the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) of May 4, 1920, suspending military operations in the Crimea and the Caucasus. See also this volume, Document 583.

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