Written: Written on November 12, 1920
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from a text written in E. M. Sklyansky’s hand and signed by Lenin.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 48b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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R.M.C. Southern Front
Copy to Trotsky
I have just learned about your surrender offer to = Wrangel. Extremely surprised at the excessively accommodating terms. If the enemy accepts them, make sure of taking over the fleet and not letting out a single ship; if the enemy rejects these terms, I think they must not be repeated, and the enemy dealt with ruthlessly.
 In an effort to avoid farther bloodshed, M. V. Frunze, commander of the troops on the Southern Front, radioed an offer to Wrangel on November 11, 1920, to cease resistance, promising an amnesty for those who laid down their arms. Wrangel did not reply to Frunze’s proposal and concealed it from his troops.