A threatening telegram from Joseph Stalin was read by the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev to top executives of the Russian defense industry, during a meeting, wanting to emphasize the need to increase the domestic production of weapons.

The former president of Russia even made public the relevant snapshot, while reminding the participants of Stalin’s words: “If in a few days it is proven that you violated your duty to the motherland, I will crush you as criminals,” read Medvedev. “It is unacceptable that our troops are suffering at the front because of a lack of tanks, while you are lazing around here,” Stalin wrote, among other things, in the ultimatum he sent in 1941 to the heads of military industry, demanding more ammunition for Soviet tanks.

“Comrades, I want you to remember the words of the commander-in-chief,” Medvedev told leaders of the Russian defense industry.

A close associate of Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev is one of the staunchest supporters of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

After the release of the video with the reference to Stalin, Medvedev also shared excerpts of an interview he gave to Russian journalists, in which he claimed, among other things, that Russia is at war with NATO.