V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on June 2, 1920
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 380b.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Please inquire of all the members of the C.P.C. (and Comrade Kamenev) by telephone: 

whether they agree to include in the “constitution” (confirmed yesterday) of the Narrow Council[1] an addendum that matters can also be submitted to the Narrow Council on the proposal of the Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars.

Write all their replies down on it.



Agree: Disagree:


[1] Lenin is referring to the “Statute on the Commission of the Council of People’s Commissars (the Narrow Council of People’s Commissars)” = endorsed by the Council of People’s Commissars on June 1, 1920. Lenin’s addendum relates to the first four points of the “Statute”, which state that “the purpose of the Narrow Council of People’s Commissars is to work up questions which have to be dealt with by the Council of People’s Commissars and require preliminary treatment. The destination of business reaching the Council of People’s Commissars is decided by the   Narrow Council, except for budgetary business, which must be handled by the Narrow Council, and matters coming before the Narrow Council by decision of the Council of People’s Commissars”. = (Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51, p. 428.)

The document bears the following names of C.P.C. members in the secretary’s handwriting, who, on being questioned, expressed their agreement with Lenin’s addendum: Vladimirsky, Avanesov, Kursky, Kamenev, Semashko, Milyutin, Pokrovsky, Nikolayev, Sereda, Krestinsky, Sklyansky.

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