First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 292b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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15. X. 1919
Comrades Avanesov, Sklyansky, Rogov
Syromolotov and Milyutin
The Central Committee has instructed a commission consisting of Lenin, Trotsky, Krestinsky, and Kamenev
“to prepare a report on the search for all kinds of property suitable for military purposes and military supplies, and providing for severe measures of punishment for concealment”.
This commission decided to set up a subcommission of the above-named comrades (from the Supreme Economic Council—Syromolotov or Milyutin, or someone from its Transport and Materials Department, etc., by agreement between us and the Presidium of the Supreme Economic Council) and instruct it to draft a decree by Saturday (to be submitted to the Council of Defence).
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)
Chairman, Council of Defence
P.S. Concerning the aims of the decree, Trotsky or I can be phoned, if necessary.
 At a meeting of the Council of Defence on October 17, 1919, Lenin made a report on the subject of reviewing warrants and assignments for military property. The Council of Defence decided to refer this question to a commission consisting of S. D. Markov, A. I. Svidersky, A. I. Rykov and E. M. Sklyansky, with instructions, “if agreement is reached”, = to present the decision for Lenin’s signature by Monday, October 20. The Council of Defence discussed also the question of the search for property suitable for military purposes. On October 31, 1919, the Council of Defence endorsed a decision for the review of warrants and assignments for military property and a decision on the search for property suitable for military purposes.