V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written between July 4 and 7, 1921
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 54. Printed from a typewritten copy of I. S. Unschlicht’s reminiscences.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 201b-202a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Unschlicht:

There, is bad news about Petrograd. it is said that the S.R.s are making redoubled efforts, and that the Petrograd Cheka knows nothing about the S.R.s! They are said to be a new lot, with an excellent secret organisation and their own agents.

We must look sharp, so as not to miss another Kronstadt.

Please devote more of your attention, and write me this very day.

Perhaps we should send some experienced Cheka men from here to Petrograd?

S.R. peasants are said to be sent by the S.R.s to Petrograd. Is that so?

What is your information, what are your plans?[2]

With communist greetings,


[1] Lenin must have written this letter in connection with L. B. Krasin’s telegram of July 4, 1921, in which Krasin reported on the congress of Russian counter-revolutionaries (monarchists, Cadets and Right-wing Socialist-Revolutionaries), which was held in Paris at the end of June 1921. It adopted a decision to organise revolts at Kronstadt and in Petrograd at the end of July or in early August to overthrow the Soviet power.

[2] On July 7, 1921, the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee instructed the All-Russia Cheka to take the necessary precautionary measures and also decided to send “to Petrograd within the next few weeks a number of Communist metalworkers from among veteran Party members” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.P.S.U. Central Committee).

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