V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on the night of January 5 (18), 1918
Published: Published on January 12 (25), 1918, in the newspaper Russkiye Vedomosti No. 5. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 53b-54a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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The soldier and sailor comrades on guard duty within the precincts of the Taurida Palace are instructed not to allow any violence towards the counter-revolutionary part   of the Constituent Assembly and, while permitting all to freely leave the Taurida Palace, not to let anyone in without special orders.[2]

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars[1]


[1] The document was signed also by M. S. Uritsky, Commissar of the All-Russia Committee for Elections to the Constituent Assembly and member of the Extraordinary Commission for the Defence of Petrograd.—Ed.

[2] On January 5 (18), 1918, the Constituent Assembly convened by the Soviet Government opened in the Taurida Palace in Petrograd. After the counter-revolutionary majority of the Constituent Assembly had refused to recognise the Soviet Government and its decrees, and had rejected the Declaration of Rights of the Working and Exploited People proposed by the All-Russia Central Executive Committee, the Bolshevik group led by Lenin walked out. Late the same night the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries also walked out. There remained in the hall only the Constitutional-Democrats, Right Socialist-Revolutionaries and Mensheviks.

By the decree of the All-Russia Central Executive Committee of January 6 (19) the bourgeois Constituent Assembly was dissolved.

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