Published in full in the Fourth (Russian) Edition of the Collected Works.
First published, but not in full, in 1938 in Bolshevik No. 2.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 474.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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February 6, 1921
I attach one more “warning”.
Our military command has failed disgracefully by allowing Makhno to get away (in spite of an immense superiority of forces and strict orders to catch him), and is now failing still more disgracefully by proving unable to crush a handful of bandits.
Order a brief report for me from the Commander-in-Chief (with a brief sketch showing the disposition of bands and troops) about what is being done.
How is the wholly reliable cavalry being used?
—the armoured trains? (Arc they rationally distributed? Are they not moving wastefully, requisitioning grain?)
How, and how many are in use?
Both grain and wood fuel, everything is being lost because of the bands, while we have a million-strong army. You must do all you can to brace up the Commander-in-Chief.