V. I.   Lenin


To:   L. D. TROTSKY[1]

Written: Written on June 4, 1920
Published: Printed from the typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 383a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Trotsky,

The Commander-in-Chief must be informed and asked for his opinion. When you have received it, give me your conclusion at the meeting of the Council of Defence, or let us talk it over (if it does not end too late) by telephone,



There is some capriciousness here, I dare say. But the matter needs to be discussed urgently. And what extraordinary measures should be taken?



[1] Written on Stalin’s telegram from Kremenchug dated June 4, 1920, and apparently received by Lenin during a sitting of the Council of Labour and Defence. The telegram reported General Wrangel’s intention to attack with one group of troops in the Alyoshki-Kherson area, and to land another group in the Odessa area so as to envelop it from two sides.

On receiving Trotsky’s note saying that Stalin had violated the established rules by addressing himself directly to Lenin (since such information should have been sent to the Commander-in-Chief by A. I. Yegorov, commander of the forces on the Southwestern Front), Lenin sent the second note to Trotsky.

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