First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 210c-211a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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12. IV. 1919
Gubernia Executive Committee
Copy to Uyezd Executive Committee
Writer Ivan Volny has been arrested. His friend Gorky earnestly requests the greatest caution and impartiality in the investigation. Can he be set free under strict surveillance? Wire.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Lenin wrote this telegram in connection with the receipt by him on April 12, 1919, of a telegram from Maxim Gorky reporting the arrest of the writer Ivan Volny in Maloarkhangelsk and asking for “an impartial investigation of the reasons for the arrest and his liberation under surveillance”. “I have no doubt of his political loyalty,” wrote Gorky.
See also this volume, documents 297 and 452.