Written: Written in December, not earlier than 11 and not later than 16, 1919
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 315b-316a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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The rapid advance of the army demands the immediate organisation of Soviet institutions locally. The local comrades are unfamiliar with the development and policy of Soviet power and are not capable now of organising them. Contact with the centre being impossible, the absence of suitable leaders in the regions threatens a repetition of stages already passed and an irrational use of Siberia’s natural wealth. It is essential to send responsible people immediately to the Siberian Revolutionary Committee for political leadership in the fields of Soviet construction and economy.
In my opinion, no more should be given to Siberia: we have none. Siberia will not perish. Everything to the Ukraine.