Written: Written in the summer of 1919
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 280b-281a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Sklyansky and Comrade Smilga,
I know perfectly a certain comrade, who is a man of absolutely exceptional loyalty, bravery and energy ( especially as regards explosions and daring raids).
(1) that he be given an opportunity to learn command practice (all speed-up measures to be taken, particularly for the reading of lectures and the like),
what can be done?
(2) that he be charged with organising a special demolition, etc., squad to operate behind the enemy’s lines.
 This refers to Kamo (S. A. Ter-Petrosyan).—Ed.