Hanging Order


                                               Send to Penza                        
                                               To Comrades Kuraev,               
                                               Bosh, Minkin and                    
                                               other Penza

Comrades!  The revolt by the five kulak volost's must be suppressed
without mercy.  The interest of the entire revolution demands this,
because we have now before us our final decisive battle "with the
kulaks."  We need to set an example.

      1) You need to hang (hang without fail, so that the public       
         sees) at least 100 notorious kulaks, the rich, and the            
      2) Publish their names.
      3) Take away all of their grain.
      4) Execute the hostages - in accordance with yesterday's          

      This needs to be accomplished in such a way, that people for
hundreds of miles around will see, tremble, know and scream out:
let's choke and strangle those blood-sucking kulaks.

      Telegraph us acknowledging receipt and execution of this.

                                               Yours, Lenin

P.S.  Use your toughest people for this.

TRANSLATOR'S COMMENTS:  Lenin uses the derogative term
kulach'e in reference to the class of prosperous peasants.  A volost'
was a territorial/administrative unit consisting of a few villages and
surrounding land.

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