V. I.   Lenin

Draft Decision for the Defence Council’s Fuel Commission[1]

Written: December 2, 1918
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 114b-115a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Radchenko, as chairman of the 5-man Fuel Commission, devotes no more than 2 hours a day to the Peat Commission.

2) With regard to the red tape in issuing money[2] the Timber Board is to be ordered to lodge a formal complaint this very day.

1) The Timber Board to be directed within 2 days to make arrangements with the Military Department

a) for a law granting deferment of military service to woodcutters and wood transporters

b) for a law mobilising the population for logging work.

2) The Commissariat for Agriculture to be ordered immediately to carry out the instructions of the S.E.C. and under the control of the Timber Board, to issue not later than tomorrow, 3.XII, regulations governing the assignment of cutting areas and the issue of felling licences.

3) The Central Forest Department of the Commissariat for Agriculture to be warned that in the event of further red tape or a single further complaint on the part of the Timber Board, the personnel of the Department will be arrested and prosecuted.

4) The Timber Board to be given the right to inspect the stores of all departments for saws and axes (i.e., to be allowed to examine books and warehouses).

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)



[1] This draft was written by Lenin apparently at a meeting of the Fuel Commission set up by the Council of Defence (see previous Note). It took into account the opinions expressed by the commission members. Lenin’s draft was adopted by the commission and included in its minutes. In the Minutes of the Fuel Commission points 1, 2, 3, 4 are given under a special heading “Decisions of the Commission Having the Force of Defence Council Decisions”. Lenin’s draft, endorsed as a decision, was signed also by Defence Council members J. V. Stalin and V. I. Nevsky.

[2] The State Bank held up the issue of currency notes from the special fund reserved to the Chief Timber Board.

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