First published in 1924 in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 3 (26).
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 203a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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27. III. 1919
Your unaccountably optimistic telegram received; I very much fear that such optimism, which has already done much harm in the east, will do more harm now. Report whether you gave your opinion to Trotsky and what measures you have taken to improve political work, put heart into the reinforcements and inspire them with political consciousness.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 This was a reply to a telegram from V. N. Kayurov, head of the Political Department of the 5th Army, who reported the capture of Ufa by whiteguard troops and the grave plight of the 5th Army. At the same time, Kayurov expressed confidence that if “ class-conscious, trained reinforcements” were sent, “the enemy will be routed”.