V. I. Lenin

Decree On The Arrest Of The Leaders
Of The Civil War Against
The Revolution

Written: 28 November, 1917
First Published: 29 November, 1917, in Pravda No. 23 (evening edition) and Izvestia, No. 239 29 November, 1917. Published according to the manuscript.
Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, Progress Publishers, Moscow, Volume 28, 1972, pp. 351
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov and George Hanna, Edited by George Hanna
Transcription & HTML Markup: Charles Farrell and David Walters
Online Version: Lenin Internet Archive November, 2000


Members of leading bodies of the Cadet Party, as a party of enemies of the people, are liable to arrest and trial by revolutionary tribunal.

Local Soviets are ordered to exercise special surveillance over the Cadet Party in view of its connection with the Kornilov-Kaledin civil war against the revolution.

This decree enters into effect from the time of signing.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin),
Chairman of the Council of People's Commissar

Petrograd, November 28, 1917, 10.30 p.m.