V. I.   Lenin

Draft Decision for the Preliminary Conference on
The Leadership of the Commissariat for Agriculture[1]

Written: May 3, 1918
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 92a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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The preliminary conference (on questions raised by Comrades Spiridonova and Karelin) of members of the, Agricultural Board, Comrades Sereda and Meshcheryakov, and Lenin, have come to the conclusion that the questions raised must be regarded as serious political issues and should therefore be dealt with by the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party.

The conference considers it necessary that these questions be put before the C.C. urgently and without delay.


[1] This document was written by Lenin in connection with the question, raised by the leaders of the Left S.R.s M. A. Spiridonova and V. A. Karelin, that control of the People’s Commissariat for Agriculture be handed over completely to the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries, with the Bolsheviks retaining merely political representation. See also Lenin’s memorandum on this subject to the C.C. of the R.C.P.(B.) (Collected Works, Vol. 50, Fifth Russian Edition, Document 133).

On May 3, 1918, the C.C. of the Russian Communist Party rejected the claims of the Left S.R.s.

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