Written: January 15 (28), 1918
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 54a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Considering the wording of the note to § 51. to be inexact or based on a misunderstanding, since the text, if taken literally, implies a refusal to recognise the supremacy of the Soviet state authority, the C.P.C. asks the Navy’s legislative organ to revise the wording of this note.
The C.P.C. takes into consideration the statement by representatives of the Navy that the note in question in no way signifies any repudiation of the central Soviet authorities, and instructs comrades Proshyan and Lunacharsky to draw up on behalf of the Council of People’s Commissars a well-reasoned memorandum to the legislative organ of the Navy clarifying the point of view of the Council of People’s Commissars.
 This draft, written by Lenin, was endorsed at a meeting of the C.P.C. on January 15 (28), 1918.
 This refers to § 51 of the “Regulations for the Democratisation of the Navy” endorsed by an order of the Supreme Naval Board on January 8 (21), 1918. It stated that “all orders of the central bodies, both those of the naval department and the state authorities, as well as the orders of any committees whatsoever... shall be fulfilled in the fleet or sea flotillas only if confirmed by the Central Committee of the Navy...” (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the C.C. of the C.P.S.U.).