V. I. Lenin

Draft Rules For Office Employee

Transmitted: End of October, 1917
First Published: In 1928 in Lenin Miscellany VIII
Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, Progress Publishers, Moscow, Volume 26, 1972, pp. 275.
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


1. All employees of state, public and large private industrial enterprises (employing at least five wage-workers) undertake to perform the business assigned to them, and not to leave their posts without special permission from the government, the Soviets of Workers', Soldiers' and Peasants' Deputies, or trade unions.

2. Violation of the rule set forth in § 1, or negligence in the dispatch of business or presenting accounts to the government and organs of power, or in discharge of services for the public and the economy shall be punishable with confiscation of all the property of the offender and imprisonment for a term of up to five years.