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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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No. 35, Art. 168

Decree of the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars.

About labor desertion and the organs of struggle against it.

In development of its resolution on the procedure for universal labor service (1920, No. 8, Art. 49), the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars decides:

1. Labor desertion is:

a)   evasion from registration or registration established by the bodies declaring or conducting labor duties;

b)  concealment of their specialty by the workers, employees and technical personnel subject to registration, even if they were already in another job or service;

c)   evasion of appearance for appointment to work of persons called up in the order of labor mobilization, as well as those appointed to work by the bodies of the Peopleʹs Commissariat of Labor;

d)  unauthorized abandonment of work or service;

e)   failure to show up for work without good reason;

f)    any evasion of labor service, such as: by forging documents, occupying fictitious positions, fictitious business trips, simulating illness, etc .;

g)  evasion from appearing in the bodies of accounting and distribution of labor after dismissal from work or service.

2. The fight against labor desertion and all types of its concealment, complicity and incitement is entrusted to the Main Committee for General Labor Service and its local bodies, with the direct participation of the Trade Unions, acting through the All‐Russian Extraordinary Commission, the Central Commission for Combating Desertion and local bodies of the latter , which institutions in this part of their work in the center and in the field are accountable to the Committees for General Labor Service and are obliged to be guided by their instructions.

Signed by:

Chairman of the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars V. Ulyanov (Lenin) .

Administrator of the Council of Peopleʹs Commissars Vlad. BonchBruevich .

Secretary L. Fotieva .

May 4, 1920.

Published in No. 97 of the News of the All‐Russian Central Executive

Committee of Soviets on May 7, 1920.