Telegram to Vladimir Gittis and Andrey Potyaev, October 21, 1919

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 21 October 1919

First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 298c-299a.

All in code

21. X. 1919

Gittis, Potyaev

Revolutionary Military Council, Western Front

There are reports that fraternising has begun between the Polish soldiers and ours.[1] Check on this as accurately as possible and report what measures you are taking[2] in order that impostors and enemy ruses shall be rendered completely harmless, and so that thoroughly useful people or commissars take part in the fraternising. Report everything you know about the temper of the Polish soldiers.[3]


Chairman, Council of Defence

  1. The Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the CC, CPSU contain an extract from a reconnaissance report of November 17, 1919, which states that in the vicinity of Disna fraternisation took place with Polish soldiers and the lower ranks of the Polish officers. The document bears a note by Lenin: “This is very important! Send copies to Comrade Trotsky for all members of the Politbureau.”
  2. Followed in the manuscript by the words “to step up fraternisation and” which were deleted by Sklyansky.—Ed.
  3. The text from the words “so that” to the end is in Sklyansky’s handwriting.—Ed.