V. I.   Lenin

Re Transport Department of Vecheka

Draft Decision for the Council of Defence[1]

Written: January 16, 1919
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 158a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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The Vecheka is to issue within three weeks detailed instructions not only governing the activities of the Transport Dept. of the Vecheka, but establishing strict responsibility of the Department’s agents for oversight and failure to report cases of sabotage or profiteering.

In particular the agents of the T.D. of the Vecheka must be in contact with the communist and trade union cells of the truly proletarian section of the railwaymen who do not abuse their position for the purpose of systematic blackmarketing.


[1] This motion was adopted by the Council of Workers’ and Peasants’ Defence at its meeting on January 16, 1920, after discussion of a report , “On the Reorganisation of the Special Committee for Imposing Martial Law on the Railways and the Transport Department of the Vecheka”.

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