Telegram to Ivan Nikitich Smirnov, December 15, 1919

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Revolutionary Military Council


Congratulations on the capture of Novonikolayevsk. See that the Kuznetsk area and coal are seized intact. Remember, it will be a crime to forge too far ahead in the East, when it is necessary with vigorous energy....[1]

Inform me of the hour of receipt of this telegram.


Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


  1. The rest of the telegram has not been deciphered.—Ed.