Written: Written on March 29, 1921
Published: First published in part in 1932 in Lenin Miscellany XX. Published in full in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 52. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 109b-110a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I propose a reply in code by
direct line Orjonikidze
We have received a desperate telegram from Narimanov, Buniat-zade and Serebrovsky, stating with good reason that it is absolutely impossible for the 11th Army to return to stripped and starving Azerbaijan. Take the most vigorous measures to have the Army stay in Georgia, and at all costs speed up the import of grain from abroad in exchange for concessions in Georgia, manganese, etc. Reply at once.
On behalf of Politbureau
Politbureau members voting for
 Others who signed “for” were: M. I. Kalinin, L. B. Kamenev and V. M. Molotov; L. D. Trotsky abstained.—Ed.