V. I.   Lenin

Draft Decision for the C.P.C. on
The Co-Operatives[1]

Written: January 28, 1919
Published: First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVIII. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 123a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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  1. I. Collect information on the actual implementation by the co-operatives of the basic line of Soviet policy, namely:
    1. (1) not only co-operative organisation of the whole population, but the predominant role of the proletarian and semi-proletarian population in co-operative activities.
    2. (2) such a system of supply and distribution as would really enable the poor (= proletarians + semi-proletarians) to derive benefit (goods, etc.) from the delivery of all surpluses of grain to the state.

    1. 1 direct the Co-operative Department of the Supreme Economic Council and the Commissariat for Food, together with the Central Statistical Board to collect this information. Report in a fortnight.
  2. II. Direct the Food Commissariat to draw up instructions concerning Soviet agents in the co-operatives and develop propaganda and organising work to this end.
  3. III. Direct the workers’ co-operatives to elect a majority of their own representatives to the Board of Centrosoyuz and make it possible to introduce Communists there experienced in practical work.
  4. IV. Krestinsky—draft decree on consumers’ communes.


[1] This draft was introduced by Lenin and adopted with slight amendments at a meeting of the C.P.C. on January 28, 1919.

The draft decree on consumers’ communes mentioned in Point 4 was adopted by the C.P.C. on March 16 and published in Izvestia No. 60 on March 20.

Lenin’s addendum to Point I was written in the margin probably after the writing of the draft decision as a whole. The beginning of Point I of the C.P.C.’s decision of January 28 was worded as follows: “Direct the Co-operative Department of the S.E.C. and the People’s Commissariat for Food together with the Central Statistical Board to collect within the shortest possible time information concerning the actual implementation by the co-operatives of the basic line of Soviet policy”.

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