V. I.   Lenin

Re Draft “Regulations on the Organisation of a Workers’ Food Inspection”[2]

Written: December 5, 1918
Published: First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVIII. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 116b-117a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Draft Decision Of The C.P.C.


1) check concrete cases of urgent execution of definite, clearly defined tasks of the Food Commissariat and food organisations;

2) establish contact with workers and working masses and systematically enlist their co-operation in the work of delivering and distributing foodstuffs, first as witnesses, then as members of the inspection;

3) oblige all bodies of the workers’ inspection to give weekly reports of their activities to the local and central trade union bodies;

4) a consultative voice….[1]


Remarks on the Draft “Regulations”

This draft to be revised in the direction of (1) making it the fixed definite task of the Workers’ Food Inspection not only to examine the business correspondence of the food   supply organisations, but chiefly to verify concrete instances of their activities in connection with the purveyance, delivery and distribution of food products;

further (2) obliging the Workers’ Food Inspection to establish contact between the food policy and the workers and working masses and enlist their services, one and all (through the participation of witnesses as a first step), to the business of food administration.

(3)—making it the duty of the Workers’ Food Inspection to report weekly to the broad mass of the working class and the working population primarily through the trade unions.


[1] Here the manuscript breaks off.—Ed.

[2] The draft Regulations introduced by N. P. Bryukhanov were discussed at the meeting of the C.P.C. on December 5, 1918. Lenin’s draft decision and remarks in this connection were apparently jotted down during the discussion, but were then crossed out by him. However, the amendments adopted at the meeting and incorporated in the draft Regulations coincide with his drafts.

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