STATUTES

OF THE AGITATION AND PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT OF THE ECCI


Inprekorr, iv, 107, p. 1381, 15 August 1924



1.

 

The agitation and propaganda department is an organ of the Executive of the Comintern. Through this department the Executive Committee and its organs organize, unify, and guide the entire agitation and propaganda activities of the Comintern and its sections.

 

2.

 

Task of the department: To organize the agitation and propaganda activity of the Comintern, to guide the corresponding activity of its sections, to bring uniformity into the activity of the sections by studying, systematizing, and
generalizing the experiences of the sections.

 

 

I.

STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT

 

1.

 

The general management of the department, in accordance with the instructions of the Executive Committee of the Comintern, is in the hands of the head of the department or his deputy. At least once a fortnight, if necessary more often, the head of the department shall convene a meeting of the collegium, consisting of

 

(i) the heads of the sub-departments;

 

(ii) the heads of the agitation and propaganda department and the press section of the CC of the RCP, or their representatives;

 

(iii) the head of the organization department of the CI Executive, as well as the head of the agitation and propaganda department of the Executive of the YCI, and a representative of the international women's secretariat. If necessary, representatives of other departments of the secretariat, members of the Executive, and the rapporteurs for individual countries or groups of countries may be called in.

 

 

2.

 

Important questions of agitation and propaganda work shall be discussed twice a year at meetings of the enlarged collegium, which shall consist, in addition to those enumerated above, of representatives of all departments of the Comintern secretariat and the heads of the agitation and propaganda departments of the German, French, Czechoslovakian, Italian, and English sections, and possibly others.

 

 

3.

 

The work of the department shall be divided among the following subdepartments:

 

(a) sub-department for agitation;

 

(b) sub-department for propaganda;

 

(c) sub-department for press and publications;

 

(d) sub-department to collate the experiences of the sections.

 

 

4.

 

Other sub-departments and commissions may be set up if necessary, with the agreement of the Executive.

 

 

II.

SUB-DEPARTMENT FOR AGITATION

 


The tasks of the sub-department for agitation are the following:

 

(a) to work over and carry out the political-agitation tasks set by the Executive Committee; to popularize the idea and the slogans of the Comintern;

 

(b) to determine the general direction of the agitation work of the sections; to work out general directives; to take charge of and distribute material for particularly urgent political campaigns;

 

(c) to work out and communicate the methods, forms, and techniques of mass agitation.
For this purpose the sub-department draws up circulars and periodical instructions in close collaboration with the sub-department for press and publications.

 

 

III.

SUB-DEPARTMENT FOR PROPAGANDA

 

 

1.

 

The tasks of the sub-department for propaganda are the following:


(a) to make uniform, to systematize, and to guide party education work (propaganda of Marxism-Leninism);

 

(b) to work out the forms and methods of education work within the party;

(c) to help draw up the material for education, curricula for party schools, lecture courses, Marxist reading circles;

 

(d) to work on questions concerning the school policy of communist parties and to give them political direction;


(e) to guide and supervise the cultural societies connected with the communist parties.

 

 

2.

 

The sub-department for propaganda pays special attention to the party life of the Comintern sections, devises measures to organize the theoretical forces of the communist parties, attends to the development of their theoretical and literary
activity.

 

 

3.

 

The sub-department for propaganda shall promote the organization of party schools in the Comintern sections by working out programmes and teaching plans.
The sub-department shall set up a methodology commission to examine and work out the methods for the propaganda of Marxism-Leninism.
The sub-department shall maintain the closest relations with the Marx-Engels Institute, the Lenin Institute, and the Communist Academy, as well as the Institute of Red Professors in Moscow, and shall utilize the results of the research of these
Institutes for the propaganda activities of the communist parties.

 

 

IV.

SUB-DEPARTMENT FOR PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

 

1.

 

The tasks of the press sub-department are:

 

(a) to guide and supervise the communist party press and publications, and to issue instructions for them;

 

(b) to guide the periodical and information organs of the Executive Committee of the Comintern (with the exception of those in the direct charge of the presidium);

 

(c) to assign tasks to the periodical press of the sections in matters concerning agitation and propaganda; to inform the workers' press about the Soviet Union, and the Russian party press about the activities of the Comintern and its sections.

 

 

2.

 

The sub-department for press and publications shall work out plans and material for agitation campaigns in conjunction with the sub-department for agitation.

 

 

3.

 

Arrangements for non-periodical publications shall be dealt with by the press and publications sub-department in conjunction with the sub-department for propaganda.

 

 

4.

 

The press and publications sub-department shall use for translation work the general machinery of the Comintern secretariat.

 

V.

GENERAL REGULATIONS

 

1.

 

All circulars of the agitation and propaganda department shall be approved by the secretariat or the Executive before being issued. The most important documents, as well as documents on special questions which have general political significance,
must also be signed by one of the secretaries.

 

 

2.

 

The agitation and propaganda department takes part through its representatives in all the agitation and propaganda work of the Profintern, the International Peasants' Council, the women's secretariat of the Comintern, the Youth International, the Cooperative International, etc.

 

 

3.

 

The agitation and propaganda department shall take steps to enlarge the Comintern secretariat library.

 

 

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