Telegram to Ivanov, Chairman of the Unecha RCP(b) Organisation, November 13, 1918

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This telegram was Lenin’s reply to the following telegram, which he received on November 13, 1918 from Unecha Station ( Chernigov Gubernia): “The representatives of the revolutionary soldiers of Germany, delegates of the Lyshchichi Soviet of Soldiers’ Deputies, together with the Unecha organisation of the RCP(b), welcome in your person the world revolution. Representatives of the revolutionary German troops of the village of Lyshchichi __PRINTERS_P_609_COMMENT__ 39—01148 (signatures). Chairman of the Unecha organisation of the RCP(b) Ivanov. Revolutionary Commissar Lind. Commander of the Bogun Regiment Shchors.”

November 13, 1918

Ivanov, Chairman of the Unecha RCP


I thank everyone for the greetings. Am particularly touched by the greetings from the revolutionary soldiers of Germany. It is now extremely important that the revolutionary soldiers of Germany should take an immediate and active part in liberating the Ukraine. First of all, the whiteguards and the Ukrainian authorities must be arrested and, secondly, delegates from the revolutionary troops of Germany must be sent to all German military units in the Ukraine, so that they may take rapid and common action to liberate the Ukraine. There is no time to lose. Not an hour must be wasted. Telegraph immediately whether the revolutionary soldiers of Germany are accepting this proposal.


Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars

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Top priority.

Report to me at what time Unecha received this.