Written: Written on January 20, 1920
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXIV. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 333b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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If that is how the question is put, then dictate to your secretary a protest against the Narrow Council and a draft decree for the Full Council (that the Narrow Council should not interfere in local affairs without special reasons and is always obliged to make inquiries from local Soviets except in cases of extreme urgency).
 In a note to Lenin, Kamenev protested against the decision of the Narrow Council of People’s Commissars to close down the Nikitsky Theatre. Kamenev believed this question came within the competence of the local, and not the central, authorities, in this case the Moscow Department of Education. On January 20, 1920, the Council of People’s Commissars discussed the closure of the Nikitsky Theatre. It endorsed the decision of the Narrow Council and instructed it “to call in representatives of the Moscow Soviet in matters concerning Moscow”. (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 405.)