Telegram to Stepan Shaumian, June 18, 1918

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=== Via Astrakhan and Kushka, to be transmitted

by radio-telegraph ===

So far there has been no decree on nationalisation of the oil industry.[1] We intend decreeing nationalisation of the oil industry towards the close of the navigational season. For the time being we are organising a state monopoly of trade in oil products. Take all measures for the speediest shipment of oil products to the Volga. Report daily to the Chief Oil Committee on the position of the oil industry.


Chairman, Council of People’s Commissars

  1. The Decree on the Nationalisation of the Oil Industry was adopted by the Council of People’s Commissars on June 20, 1918.