Written: December 30, 1919
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 157b.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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The Board of the S.E.C. to be directed, not later than Saturday, to revise the instructions in such a manner as to ensure that the decision of the Seventh Congress of the Soviets will be fully carried out, in particular.
1) on the question of the right of objection,.
2) the surplus-appropriation principle to be more fully and strictly applied;
3) rights and conditions for the display of local initiative and its stimulation to be worked out in detail;
4) methods for combating red tape to be worked out.
The full draft instructions mentioned in the decision of the Seventh Congress of the Soviets to be presented within a week.
 January 3, 1920.—Ed.
 The draft instructions were discussed and adopted by the C.P.C. the same day they were written.
 This alludes to the decision of the Seventh All-Russia Congress of Soviets on state organising activities, with special reference to the commissariats’ right of objection to managers of Soviet Executive Committee sections.
 Under a resolution of the Seventh All-Russia Congress of Soviets the S.E.C. was to frame instructions defining the rights and duties of the central and local bodies of the S.E.C. in respect of state factories of special importance, trustified enterprises, etc.