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 356.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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August 21, 1918
Gubernia Executive Committee
Copy to Gubernia Communist Organisation
Can it really be true that in Astrakhan there is already talk about evacuation?
If it is true, it is essential to take ruthless measures against the cowards, and immediately appoint the most reliable and resolute people to organise the defence of Astrakhan and to pursue the most firm policy of struggle to the bitter end in the event of an offensive by the British.
Telegraph detailed reply.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars