V. I.   Lenin


To:   V. M. MOLOTOV[1]

Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 172a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Molotov:

In sending you Comrade Vasilyev’s letter to me I ask you

1) either to arrange the check-up in the Orgbureau (of the fulfilment of the C.C. assignment to put an end to Antonov) or to have the C.C. Secretariat carry out this checkup by studying the documents and summoning Comrade Sklyansky and also some other person;

2) to send the enclosed secretly and personally to Comrade Sklyansky for him to read it and return it to me, adding (to you; a copy for me) what measures of pressure he has taken.[2]

With communist greetings,



[1] This was written in connection with a letter soul to Lenin on May 12, 1921, by the Petrograd Communist worker V. A. Vasilyev, who was military commissar of Boguchar Uyezd, Voronezh Gubernia. He reported that some of those who had taken part in the mutiny against the Soviet power in Boguchar Uyezd in November 1920 had escaped and had organised a gang which was killing Party and government workers. Vasilyev urged the need to organise a volunteer cavalry unit to fight the bandits, and asked for three or five motorcycles to arrange liaison.

[2] On April 27, 1921, the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee issued a directive to M. N. Tukhachevsky to liquidate the Antonov bands in Tambov Gubernia within a month.

On Lenin’s assignment Tukhachevsky wrote a report to the R.C.P.(B.) Central Committee on July 16, 1921, saying that as a result of the operations carried out from May to July, the kulak mutiny in Tambov Gubernia had been liquidated, the Soviet power restored everywhere and that only about 1,200 men were left in Antonov’s bands, as compared with almost 21,000 at the beginning of May.

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