V. I. Lenin

Speech to the Lettish Riflemen. February 20, 1918

Delivered: February 20, 1918
Published: Novaya Zhizn No. 30, February 21 (8), 1918. Printed from the text of Novaya Zhizn.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 59.2.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Lenin made a long speech in which he called on the Letts to support Soviet power on the question of peace. The worn-out Russian people had to be given peace at all costs. In doing so we would strengthen the revolution and start building a new young Russia. In any case, the surrendered territories would not remain occupied, because the Russian revolution in the near future would spread not only to Germany, but to the other belligerent powers. The impact of the world social revolution would compel German imperialism to give up all its conquests.


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