Telegram to the Vyksa Workers, May 31, 1918

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Lenin sent this telegram to the Vyksa workers in reply to one received from them which stated that they were “absolutely starving”, and were going out by steamboats with their detachments and machine-guns in order to obtain grain by force.



Kulebaki, Kazan-Moscow Railway

I very much hope that the worker comrades of Vyksa, in carrying out their excellent plan of a mass movement with, machine-guns to obtain grain, will act as genuine revolutionaries, that is, they will staff the detachment with selected reliable people who will not behave like robbers, and who will work to the schedules and in full agreement with Tsyurupa for the common cause of saving from famine all the starving people, and not merely for themselves.