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The Soviet of People's
Commissars.

Petrograd.
Dec. I8, 1917.
No. 101

As the answer to the appeal of the Finnish Government to recognise the independence of the Republic of Finland, the Soviet of People's Commissars, in full accordance with the principle of nations' right to self-determination, HAS DECIDED:
To propose to the Central Executive Committee that:

a/ The independence of the Republic of Finland as a country is recognised,

and b/ A special Commission, in agreement with the Finnish Government, comprising members of both parties, should be instituted to elaborate those practical measures that follow from the partition of Finland from Russia.

Chairman of the Soviet of People's Commissars
Vl. Ulianov (Lenin)

People's Commissars:
L. Trotski
G. Petrovski
J. Stalin
I. Steinberg
V. Karelin A. Schlichter



The Chief of Bureau Vlad. Bonch-Bruevich
Secretary of the Soviet N. Gorbunov





All-Russian Central
Executive Committee
of the Soviet of
Workers' and Soldiers'
Deputies.

Petrograd.
Dec. 23, 1917.
No. 321

AN EXTRACT FROM THE SESSION PROTOCOL
OF THE CENTRAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
on 22 December I9I7.



In its session of 22nd of December, I9I7, the All-Russian Central Executive Committee of the Soviet of Workers', Soldiers' and Peasants' Deputies HAS DECIDED:

a/ To recognise the independence of the Republic of Finland as a country,

b/ To institute, in agreement with the Finnish Government and representatives of the Finnish working class, a special commission to elaborate those practical measures that follow from the partition of Finland from Russia.

Chairman J. Sverdlov

Secretary V. Avanesov


Steinberg and Karelin were Left Socialist Revolutionaries (eser) in this only coalition government (Dec. 25, 1917-March 16, 1918 New Style) in Soviet Russia.

A link to the Russian text in a list of first decrees of the Soviet government.

The Declaration of Independence by the Finnish Diet on Dec. 6, 1917.

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Translation by Pauli Kruhse.