To the commander of defense of the Finnish region D.N.Nadeshny1
March 4, 1918
1. Small German detachments followed by much bigger forces, are rapidly invade the country along railway and highways. According to the information we have, small German forces had reached Wesenberg2, Pskov, Polotsk, Borisov, Rogachev and Zhlobin.
2. At all that front the measures to suppress the invading are taking. We organized serious resistance centers, giving the command of all armed forces of the country that are assembled near those centers to responsible persons, who are given the full credibility.
You are appointed the commander of defense of the Finnish region. You must intercept the enemy access to Petrograd by the Karelian Isthmus.
I order you to immediately start forming armed detachments. You are to report all problems connected with that affair to room number 85 of the former Smolny Institute (enlistment), and to room number 75 (logistics) for realization of the mission. Not only the new detachments, but all our forces and fortresses situated in Finland, are under your command.
3. Your initial tasks are:
4. The dispatches should be sent to the Defense Minister Building, 67 Moika Street.
Headquarters chief commander
The Central State Archives of the Soviet Army, fund 3, list 1, file 78, pp. 104. (Vidimus)