First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50.
Printed from the typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 226b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Mezhlauk, Deputy People’s Commissar for Military Affairs
Copy to Artyom
I have received from Lutovinov yet another confirmation that you are playing at being independent and at local republics, by refusing to send immediately to the Donets Basin all military forces and all the mobilised workers of Kharkov, and by giving as an excuse idiotic prohibitions from Podvoisky. I declare that you will be brought before a Party court and expelled from the Party if you do not give up this game and do not at once send all military forces of Kharkov and all mobilised workers to the relief of the Donets Basin. Reply in code without delay regarding fulfilment, how many you are sending, and when. You will be held responsible for delay.
May 7, 1919