Congress of Soviets


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    Post by msistarted0 on Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:32 pm

    The Congress of Soviets was an assembly of representatives of local councils. In theory, it was the supreme power of the Soviet State, an organ of the dictatorship of the proletariat. No bourgeois, no noble, no aristocrat, no priest could vote – only working people. Officially, the Congress of Soviets created laws and elected the Council of People's Commissars, which was the government. In the interim its functions were performed by designated executive bodies, see VTsIK. In practice the Congress became increasingly deferential to the Bolsheviks after the Russian Revolution.[1]

    By the time of Lenin's death in 1924 the Congress of Soviets effectively only rubber-stamped the decisions of the RCP(b) and served as a propaganda tribune.[2] The 1936 Constitution eliminated the Congress of Soviets, making the Supreme Soviet of the USSR the legislative institution. During this time the Central Committee of the AUCP(b) held de facto control over the government.

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