V. I.   Lenin

Politbureau of the C.C., R.C.P.(B.) Directives on a Workers’ Inspection[1]

Written: Written January 23, 1920
Published: First published in 1928 in Lenin Miscellany VIII. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 160b.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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The Presidium of the All-Russia Central Executive Committee and the State Control Commissariat to be asked to be guided by the following directives of the C.C., R.C.P.:

1. No new bodies to be set up- in any field of state administration, and the existing commissariats to be improved.

2. The Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection to be developed, strengthened and extended in every way, all work being directed towards ensuring complete numerical predominance of workers and peasants in State Control.

3. No skilled workers, only unskilled workers, mainly women, to be enlisted in the Workers’ Inspection.

4. A new draft of Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection under the State Control Commissariat to be drawn up immediately with the co-operation of Avanesov and submitted to the Politbureau not later than 28.I.1920.


[1] The question of reorganising the State Control Commissariat into a Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection was raised at the end of 1919 and discussed at the Seventh All-Russia Congress of Soviets. A commission consisting of representatives of the State Control, the All-Russia Central Council of Trade Unions and the All-Russia C.E.C. was set up to draft regulations governing the Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspection. Opinion in the commission being divided, the question was referred to the Politbureau, which passed its decision on January 23, 1920, on the basis of the directives moved by Lenin.

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