V. I.   Lenin

Motion to the Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) on
Bringing Ungern to Trial[1]

Dictated: Dictated over the telephone August 26, 1921
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Printed from the typed copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 1st English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1965, Moscow, Volume 42, page 336c.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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I advise that greater attention be given to this case and the gravity of the charges be checked, and in the event of their being incontrovertibly proved, of which there seems to be no doubt, a public trial should be held with the greatest speed and the death penalty imposed.


[1] This motion was written in connection with a telegram from the Chairman of the Siberian Revolutionary Committee I. N. Smir-nov dated August 26, 1921, reporting the arrest of Baron Ungern.

The Pohitbureau adopted Lenin’s motion.

The trial of Baron Umigern took place on September 15. During the hearing a long list of atrocities committed by Ungern and his underlings was revealed. On capturing Urgu (now Ulan-Bator) he ordered all the employees of Centrosoyuz and the Town Council to be shot. On his orders the peaceful inhabitants were robbed and killed and the town was burnt down. The trial brought to light Baron Ungerr.’s ties with the Chinese militarists (Chang Tso-lin) and Japanese interventionists. Baron Ungern was sentenced to death.

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