Written: Written on June 29 or 30, 1920
Published: First published in part in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Published in full in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 395c-396a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Zinoviev is giving you an important international assignment. In addition, I have gone into the matter and I see that you retain all rights and powers through the front and through the supreme local Party body. Once more I ask you not to fret and to be patient a little.
Moreover, you are charged with the leadership of the entire foreign and home policy of Azerbaijan and with supervising the fulfilment of the directives of the Central Committee and People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs in regard to Persia, Armenia and Georgia.
 Lenin is referring to a decision of the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) dated June 29, 1920, for convening a congress of peoples of the East in Baku. The decision stated: “Comrade Orjonikidze and Comrade Stasova, together with comrades co-opted by them, are instructed to form a bureau for convening a congress of peoples of the East in Baku. Comrade Zinoviev is to inform Orjonikidze about this today by direct line.” = (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 435.)
In stating that G. K. Orjonikidze retains “all rights and powers”, Lenin is referring to the decisions of the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) of June 29 and 30, 1920, appointing Orjonikidze a member of the Caucasian Council of the Labour Army from the Revolutionary Military Council of the Caucasian Front.
 Lenin is referring to a decision of the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) dated June 18, 1920, regarding the Northern Caucasus, which stated: “The Orgbureau is instructed to come to an agreement with the Caucasian Bureau of the C.C. for selecting from the members of the latter a small, permanently acting collegium... with the area of activities throughout the Caucasus. If Comrade Orjonikidze does not become a member of the small collegium, all questions relating to Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, etc., must be decided in his presence” = (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 435).