First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 50.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 167b-168a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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30. XI. 1918
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Volkov, representative of Petrosoyuz, and Misyursky, a delegate from the conference of workers’ co-operatives of the Northern Region, declare that there was not and could not be any shadow of assistance to counter-revolutionaries in paying salaries and wages to office staff and workers one month in advance. They promise to dispel the misunderstanding that has arisen, and express a desire to work with complete loyalty on the basis of the new decree. Khinchuk confirms their assurances.
Please go into the matter closely and give the co– operators an opportunity to work.
Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars
 Petrograd Co-operative Union.—Ed.
 This refers to the decree “On the Organisation of Supplies” adopted by the Council of People’s Commissars on November 21, 1918. Under this decree the co-operatives were assigned a considerable role in the organisation of supplies for the population.