Written: Written on March 24, 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 362b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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To the Members of the Politbureau:
I propose sending a code telegram to Eliava and Rudzutak:
“We insist on the strictest fulfilment of the C.C. decisions on foreign policy. Remove Heller and Broido from office immediately and completely. Hand over all affairs to Golub, Mashitsky and Gopner alone. Fulfil immediately all the other directives of the C.C. and report precise fulfilment. We warn you that further procrastination or evasion on your part from subordination to the Central Committee of the Party will entail penalties.”
 Written by Lenin following the systematic violations by the Turkestan Commission of the decision of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) prescribing that relations with Bukhara, Khiva, Persia and Afghanistan were to be controlled by the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs. By its decision of September 29, 1919, the Orgbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) had charged the Turkestan Commission with the conduct of foreign relations in accordance with the instructions and under the control of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs. The Turkestan Commission, however, did not carry out the instructions of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs. The latter demanded that G. I. Broido should be removed from leadership of the Department of Foreign Relations and that a department be set up consisting of A. N. Golub, A. A. Mashitsky, D. Y. Gopner and a representative of the Turkestan Central Executive Committee endorsed by the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs, but the Turkestan Commission refused to comply and appointed Heller head of the Department of Foreign Relations.
By a decision of the Politbureau of the Central Committee of the R.C.P.(B.) on March 17, 1920, foreign policy functions were taken out of the hands of the Turkestan Commission, and the Department of Foreign Relations was made directly subordinate to the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs. But the Turkestan Commission objected to this. Golub, Mashitsky and Gopner were removed from office and forbidden to communicate with the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs. The inquiries of the Commissariat went unanswered.
The last sentence in the manuscript was deleted and left out in the telegram.