V. I.   Lenin


To:   L. D. TROTSKY[2]

Written: Written on June 3, 1920
Published: First published in part in 1960 in the book: Istoria grazhdanskoi voiny v SSSR. 1917–1922, Vol. 5. Published in full in 196i in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Printed from the typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 381c.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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This is sheer Utopia. Won’t it cost too many lives? We will be sacrificing a host of our soldiers. We must think this over and weigh it up ten times. I suggest replying to Stalin: “Your proposal for an offensive against the Crimea is so serious that we should make inquiries and give it most careful consideration, Wait for our reply. Lenin, Trotsky.”[1]


[1] In the typewritten copy there follow the words: “In Lenin’s handwriting.”—Ed.

[2] Written on Stalin’s telegram to Lenin dated June 3, 1920, proposing either to sign a truce with Wrangel and enable one or two divisions to be taken from the Crimean Front, or to abandon all talks with Wrangel, strike a blow at him and, by routing him, release forces for the Polish front.

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