V. I. Lenin

Decision of the C.P.C. on
The Acceptance of the German Peace Terms{1}

Written: February 24, 1918
Published: Published February 25 (12), 1918 in the evening edition of Pravda No. 35, and in the special evening edition of Izvestia No. 33. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 60.2.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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In accordance with the decision adopted by the Central Executive Committee of the Soviets of Workers’, Soldiers’ and Peasants’ Deputies at 4.30 a.m. on February 24, the Council of People’s Commissars has resolved that the terms of peace proposed by the German Government be accepted and a delegation sent to Brest-Litovsk

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


{1} The decision of the C.P.C. was communicated to the German Government in Berlin at 7 am. on February 24. Nevertheless, in reply to the radio-telegram of N. V. Krylenko, Supreme Commander-in-chief of the Soviet troops, proposing that the armistice, previously concluded, should be considered in force, the German command stated that it was no longer valid. The German troops continued to advance right up to March 3, when the peace treaty was signed.

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