Flashcards in State Institutions Deck (16):
What was the Council of People's Commissars (Sovnarkom)?
Responsible for the 'general direction' of public affairs in the RSFSR + had the power to issues orders and decrees
When was Sovnarkom founded?
26th October 1917
How many members did Sovnarkom have?
Initially 15 with Lenin as Chairman but grew to above 20
What was the All Russian Central Executive Committee?
In theory co-ordniaed all the legislative and administrative work of the government
Who elected members of the All Russian Central Executive Committee?
The Congress of Soviets - to exercise authority on its behalf when it wasn't in session
Who elected members of the Sovnarkom?
In theory the All Russian Central Executive Committee
What did Sovnarkom become in 1946?
The Council of Ministers
- elected by the Supreme Soviet
How many members were there in the All Russian Central Executive Committee?
What was the All Russian Congress of Soviets?
In theory had supreme law making authority
How often did the All Russian Congress of Soviets meet?
Twice a year, later reduced to once
How were members of the All Russian Congress of Soviets elected?
One deputy for every 25,000 urban voters
One deputy for ever 125,000 rural voters
What did the All Russian Congress of Soviets become in 1936?
The Supreme Soviet
Who had the right to take part in elections?
Those who earned their living by 'production or socially useful labour'
Who were the Electorate?
- Chooses members of local soviets
- local soviets choose delegates to the provincial congress of soviets
- Provincial Congress of soviets chooses delegates to All Russian Congress
What was the Cheka?
Soviet Russia's Political police
- founded in December 1917