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“Workers’ Congress.” At that time this question was discussed everywhere, and a very considerable literature grew up around it. But it never got beyond the discussion stage. A special meeting of the Trades Council was devoted to it, but in view of the diver-gence of opinion shown in the discussion, the question had to be left open. An accession of funds from the Soviet of Workers’ Deputies to the amount of over 2,000 roubles exer-cised an invigorating influence on the activities of the Trades Council. The trade unions began to pay more attention to it. Fewer strikes were called without the Trades Council's sanction, since many unions were interested in securing its agreement to a proposed strike and its financial assistance. The success of the strike movement in Moscow at that time was to a certain extent due to this accession of the Soviet of Workers’ Deputies funds.*