Letter to Leon Trotsky, September 9, 1920

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 9 September 1920

First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 429a.
Keywords : Leon Trotsky, Letter

In code

9. IX. 1920


I consider of the utmost importance Yakovlev’s proposal concerning the Crimean army which was passed on to you from Gusev. I advise that the proposal be adopted and a special check instituted, and, independently of this, an appeal-manifesto be prepared at once over the signatures of yourself, Kalinin, myself, the Commander-in-Chief, Brusilov and a number of other former generals, with precise proposals and guarantees, and also mentioning the fate of Eastern Galicia and the increasing insolence of the Poles. I request your earliest opinion, or better still your draft of the manifesto.[1]


  1. Regarding Yakovlev’s proposals, see Note 450.
    The “Appeal to Officers of the Army of Baron Wrangel” signed by Kalinin, Chairman of the All-Russia CEC; Lenin, Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars; Trotsky, People’s Commissar for Military and Naval Affairs; S. S. Kamenev, Commander-in-Chief of all the Armed Forces of the Republic; and Brusilov, Chairman of the Special Council of the Commander-in-Chief, was published on September 12, 1920, = in Pravda No. 202. The Appeal called on the officers of Wrangel’s army to renounce the shameful role of serving the Polish landowners and French usurers, and to lay down their arms aimed against their own people. Those who sincerely and voluntarily came over to the side of Soviet power were guaranteed a full amnesty.