V. I.   Lenin

Draft Decision for the C.P.C. on
The Conflict Between the S.E.C. and the Commissariat for State Control[1]

Written: Written September 30, 1919
Published: First published in 1965 in the Fifth Russian Edition of the Collected Works, Volume 54. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 144b-145a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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The C.P.C. considers:

1) that the State Control should have recommended the S.E.C. to close its legal departments, but should not have applied a proscriptive order;

2)that the Board of the S.E.C. should immediately take energetic measures to close its legal departments,   most of which are parasitical, and to prohibit members of these departments from being hidden away in other departments. Fulfilment to be reported to the Narrow C.P.C.[2] within a week;

3) the Commissariat for Justice to take legal action against members of the legal departments of the Food Commissariat and the S.E.C, for red tape. Fulfilment to be reported to the Narrow Council within a week.


[1] The conflict arose through an order of the People’s Commissariat for State Control to do away with nine legal departments of the S.E.C. The latter lodged a complaint against the State Control with the Narrow Council of People’s Commissars. The C.P.C. endorsed the decision of the Narrow Council in this connection on September 30, 1919, and adopted Lenin’s motion with slight amendments, namely: Point 3 was added, reading: “The same to be demanded of all committees within a fortnight”, while Point 3 of Lenin’s draft was endorsed as Point 4 of the decision worded as follows: “The Commissariat jor Justice to institute investigations with the object of taking legal action against members of the S.E.C.’s legal departments for red tape. Fulfilment to be reported to the Narrow Council within a week” (Central Party Archives, Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.C. of the C.P.S.U.)

[2] The Narrow C.P.C. was set up in December 1917 to relieve the agenda of the C.P.C. of minor questions; it had the status of a C.P.C. commission. All the decisions unanimously adopted by the Narrow Council were signed by Lenin and acquired the force of C.P.C. decisions; in cases of disagreement the business was referred to the C.P.C.

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