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From the Collection of enactment and decrees of the government for 1921, Administration of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR

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On the use of prisonersʹ labor in places of deprivation of liberty R.S.F.S.R. and those serving compulsory labor without imprisonment. ( Izv. No. 294, S. U. 77‐649 ). 

Article No. 649.

Decree of the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars.

On the use of prisonersʹ labor in places of deprivation of liberty R.S.F.S.R. and those serving compulsory labor without imprisonment.

The Council of Peopleʹs Commissars decided:

1.                   To entrust the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Labor and local Labor Departments with regulating the demand for labor and transferring to work, both skilled and mass labor, of all persons serving forced labor without detention, as well as regulating the correct use of labor held in places of detention on a special an agreement with the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Justice and the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Internal Affairs.

2.                   All claims of Soviet, public and cooperative institutions, enterprises and farms for the labor force of the persons specified in 1‐m should be sent to the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Labor and local Labor Departments, which, in order to verify the actual labor requirements of this institution, enterprise or households, then send these requirements for further order to the relevant bodies of the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Justice and the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Internal Affairs.

3.                   Propose to the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Labor to issue, by agreement with the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Justice and the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Internal Affairs, within a week from the date of publication of this decree, detailed instructions on the use of prisonersʹ labor force.

Signed by: Chairman of the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars V. Ulyanov (Lenin) . N. Gorbunov, Administrator of the Council of

Peopleʹs Commissars . Secretary L. Fotieva . November 28, 1921