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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

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When was Sovnarkom founded?

26th October 1917

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How many members did Sovnarkom have?

Initially 15 with Lenin as Chairman but grew to above 20

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What was the All Russian Central Executive Committee?

In theory co-ordniaed all the legislative and administrative work of the government

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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

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Who elected members of the Sovnarkom?

In theory the All Russian Central Executive Committee

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What did Sovnarkom become in 1946?

The Council of Ministers
- elected by the Supreme Soviet

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How many members were there in the All Russian Central Executive Committee?

300

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What was the All Russian Congress of Soviets?

In theory had supreme law making authority

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How often did the All Russian Congress of Soviets meet?

Twice a year, later reduced to once

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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

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What did the All Russian Congress of Soviets become in 1936?

The Supreme Soviet

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Who had the right to take part in elections?

Those who earned their living by 'production or socially useful labour'

14

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

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What was the Cheka?

Soviet Russia's Political police
- founded in December 1917

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What was the Vesenkha?

Supreme Council of the National Economy
- function was to organise the national economy and state finances