Addenda to the Draft Decree on the Procedure for Sending Commissars Out to the Provinces

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The Draft Decree on the Procedure To Be Followed by the Various Commissariats in Sending Their Commissars and Agents Out to the Provinces submitted by the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs was discussed at the meeting of the CPC on April 1, 1918. The CPC asked all the commissariats to consider the draft and give their comments. On April 5 the decree was endorsed with Lenin’s addenda and on April 11, 1918, it was published in Izvestia (see Decrees of the Soviet Government, Vol. II, Moscow, 1959, pp. 58-59).

3) The Soviets shall give every assistance to commissars invested with proper authority, within the limits of such authority.

4) The Soviets shall render unconditional assistance to all commissars extraordinary and other commissars who are appointed by the Council of People’s Commissars. Execution of the orders of these commissars is obligatory for all local and regional Soviets.