V. I. Lenin

Decision of the C.P.C.
Concerning the Employment of Saboteurs{1}

Written: January 31 (February 13), 1918
Published: Published in February 14 (1), 1918 in Pravda No. 25. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 58.2.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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The Council of People’s Commissars resolves that no negotiations whatever are to be carried on with saboteurs.

The respective People’s Commissariats may employ, as individuals, such saboteurs whose services are considered essential for the various departments provided that they fully submit to Soviet power and support it.


{1} This decision was passed by the C.P.C. at its meeting on January 31 (February 13), 1918, on the report of Y. M. Sverdlov concerning the elimination of sabotage by former government officials.

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