V. I.   Lenin

The State of Inland Water Transport

Draft Decision for the C.P.C.[1]

Written: March 26, 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, page 85a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Having heard the report concerning the disastrous state of the inland water transport and acquainted itself with the draft decree drawn up by the Supreme Economic Council in agreement with the Central Committee of the Water Transport Workers’ Union and the representatives of the Central Committee of the Volga Fleet,

the C.P.C. endorses this draft as a temporary measure;

urgently asks the Nizhni-Novgorod Congress of Water Transport Employees to put this draft into effect immediately and without any deviations;

should the congress consider it necessary in future to make any amendments to the decree, the C.P.C. asks the congress to send its authorised delegation to the C.P.C. to discuss and finally settle the question of such amendments.

The C.P.C. impresses upon the congress that the disastrous state of inland water transport precludes any possibility of delays and makes it absolutely necessary to strictly and conscientiously carry out all the orders of Kavomar.[2] Only on this condition will the C.P.C, be able to justify the allocation of immense sums on the national fleet in the eyes of the country.

V. Ulyanov (Lenin)

Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars


[1] This draft was proposed by Lenin at a meeting of the Council of People’s Commissars on March 26, 1918, at which A. G. Shlyap-nikov reported on the All-Russia Congress of Inland Water Trans-port Workers held in Moscow on February 14-26, and at which the Draft Decree on the Management of Water Transport on the Volga presented by Y. Larin was discussed. Lenin’s motion was adopted by the C.P.C.

The Nizhni-Novgorod Congress of Water Transport Employees mentioned in the decision was held in March 25-April 10, 1918.

[2] Kavomar- the Board of Management of the Caspian-Volga-Mari-insk System-was organised under the Decree on the Management of Water Transport on the Volga for administering the nationalised fleet and all freight and passenger traffic. By a decision of the C.P.C. dated May 18, 1918, providing for the reorganisation of the water transport management bodies, Kavomar was abolished and its functions transferred to Glavvod-Chief Water Board.

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