First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 322b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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26. XII. 1919
Revolutionary Military Council 5
Re your No. 4211: transfer not one hundred, but, two hundred trains and locomotives. Rally all forces to expedite coal and relieve the railway, as well as to guard property against pilferage. Report fulfilment more frequently.
 Written in reply to I. N. Smirnov’s telegram addressed to Lenin reporting on the progress of work for dispatching coal from Kolchugino and the Kuznetsk Basin.
Lenin gave directives for the troops of the Red Army to guard the property left by Kolchak’s retreating army at Omsk and along the railway line to Irkutsk.