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V. I. Lenin

SPEECH AT A NON-PARTY CONFERENCE
OF WORKERS AND MEN OF THE RED ARMY
AUGUST 6, 1919


 

Published - First version
in Izvestia No. 173
August 7, 1919;
Second version in Vecherniye
Izrestia Moskorvskogo Soveta

No. 312, August 8, 1919

Published according to
the newspaper texts
 
 
 
 


From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1965

Vol. 29, pp. 547-50.

Translated from the Russian
Edited by George Hanna


Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo,
djr@marx2mao.org (September 2003)

SPEECH AT A NON-PARTY CONFERENCE OF WORKERS AND MEN
OF THE RED ARMY, AUGUST 6, 1919. Newspaper Report  .  .


 
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NOTES



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NOTES

  [90] At a meeting of the Baku Soviet on July 25, 1918, the Mensheviks Socialist-Revolutionaries and Dashnaks passed, by a small majority the traitorous decision to ask the British imperialists for aid under pretence of defending Baku from the advancing Turkish forces. Counter-revolutionary subversive activities in Baku, the breakdown in supplies, the counter-revolutionary propaganda in the army and navy were all guided by the British Consul MacDonnell. The Bolshevik group at the July 25 meeting, guided by the instructions of Lenin and Sverdlov given in the name of the Council of People's Commissars and the All-Russia Central Executive Committee to pursue an independent foreign policy and wage a resolute struggle against the agents of foreign capital, tabled a draft resolution demanding that immediate measures be taken to defend Baku, using local forces. This motion was rejected by a majority vote. The Bolsheviks, being in the minority, resigned from the Baku Soviet so that power was actually in the hands of the counter-revolutionary government, which called itself the "Central Caspian Dictatorship". The British, who had been invited, entered Baku a few days later. The Bolshevik members of the Baku Soviet -- the twenty-six Baku commissars -- were brutally murdered by the British interventionists with the direct participation of the Mensheviks and Socialist-Revolutionaries.    [p. 549]