First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXI.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 78a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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16. IV. 1918
Comrades Bogolepov and Gukovsky
I send you the draft of a law on shares. I want you urgently and without fail to
1) discuss it,
2) make your corrections,
3) immediately invite to the discussion specialists known to you (ask them for their opinion—preferably in writing); from the professors you can order a commentary,
4) all this needs to be completed by tomorrow, for tomorrow, 17. IV, we have to endorse the decree in the C.P.C.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
 This refers to the draft Decree on the Registration of Shares, Bonds and Other Interest-bearing Securities. The first two drafts were prepared by the Supreme Economic Council. After examining them, Lenin crossed out the first draft, edited the second, and sent it to Bogolepov and Gukovsky at the People’s Commissariat for Finance. The draft, after being revised in the People’s Commissariat for Finance, was re-edited by Lenin, given a heading and, on April 17, 1918, submitted for consideration to the Council of People’s Commissars. The following decision on the draft was adopted: “To be referred to the People’s Commissariats for Foreign Affairs and Justice for their consideration with the assistance of experts, and the conclusion to be presented to the next sitting of the Council of People’s Commissars on April 18.” On April 18, the decree was endorsed by the Council of People’s Commissars, and on April 20 it was published in Izvestia No. 78.