Written: Written on August 9, 1913
Published: First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 126b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Gubernia Executive Committee
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There is no need to come to Moscow to report. You must remain in Vologda and strain all efforts for immediate, relentless reprisals against the whiteguards, who are clearly planning treachery in Vologda, and for preparations for defence.
Refute the lie about Archangel by letter.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 After the capture of Archangel by the Entente troops on August 2, 1918, a group of functionaries of the Archangel Gubernia Executive Committee went to Vologda to report to M. S. Kedrov on the situation on the Northern Dvina. In Vologda, they learned of L. D. Trotsky’s order, which demanded that the functionaries who had left Archangel should be regarded as deserters and tried by the Supreme Revolutionary Tribunal. The group of Communists, outraged by this order, since they were not directly to blame for the fall of Archangel, sent a request to Lenin and Sverdlov to be allowed to come to Moscow and report the truth about the events. In reply, Lenin seat the telegram published here.