Written: 22 January, 1918
First Published: 1929 Lenin Miscellany XI
Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, Progress Publishers, Moscow, Volume 26, 1972, pp. 511
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov and George Hanna, Edited by George Hanna
Transcription & HTML Markup: Charles Farrell and David Walters
Online Version: Lenin Internet Archive December, 2000
A number of newspapers abroad have published false reports of horrors and chaos in Petrograd, etc.
All these reports are absolutely untrue. There is complete calm in Petrograd and Moscow. No socialists have been arrested. Kiev is in the hands of the Ukrainian Soviet authorities. The Kiev bourgeois Rada has fallen and dispersed. The authority of the Ukrainian Soviet in Kharkov has been fully recognised. On the Don, 46 Cossack regiments have revolted against Kaledin. Orenburg has been taken by the Soviet authorities and the Cossack ataman, Dutov, has been routed and is in flight. In Finland, the victory of the Finnish workers' government is being rapidly consolidated, the counter-revolutionary whiteguard troops have been pushed back to the North, and the workers' victory over them is certain.
There has been an improvement in the food situation in Petrograd. Today, January 22, 1918, old style, Petrograd workers are sending 10 carloads of food to aid the Finns.
Information about Germany is very scarce. The Germans are clearly concealing the truth about the revolutionary movement in Germany. Trotsky has telegraphed to Petrograd from Brest-Litovsk that the Germans are dragging out the talks. The German bourgeois press, obviously given its cue, is spreading false reports about Russia to intimidate the public.
A decree on the complete separation of church and state and the confiscation of all church property was published yesterday, January 21, 1918.