V. I. Lenin

Draft Decision for the C.P.C. on
Children’s Homes{1}

Written: November 19, 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 111.2.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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1) The draft decree of the Commissariat for Social Security shall be rejected.

2) The Commissariats for Social Security and Education shall be directed, in accordance with § 3 of the Decree of 5.VI.1918 (Article 507 of the Collection of Statutes, No. 39), to make arrangements as to the order and date of the turnover.{2}

3) The two Commissariats shall be directed to collect and present to the C.P.C. within two months information concerning actual conditions at the orphanages and similar institutions, their number, and so on.


{1} On June 5, 1918, Izvestia published a decree of the C.P.C. placing the educational institutions and establishments of all departments under the jurisdiction of the People’s Commissariat for Education. On November 19, 1918, the People’s Commissariat for Social Security submitted to the C.P.C. (the question was reported by A. I. Ulyanova-Yeizarova) a draft decree leaving the children’s homes under the jurisdiction of this commissariat. It was in connection with this discussion that Lenin wrote his draft decision, which was adopted with slight changes.

{2} § 3 of the C.P.C. ’s Decree of June 5, 1918, ordered the People’s Commissariat for Education to form special commissions of representatives of the departments concerned and of the Commissariat for Education to make arrangements for the turnover of the educational institutions and establishments, including the institutions of pre-school education.

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