All-Russian Congress of Soviets

All-Russian Congress Of Soviets


All-Russian Congress of Soviets

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The All-Russian Congress of Soviets was the supreme governing body of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic from 1917-22 and of the USSR until 1936. The 1918 Constitution of the Russian SFSR mandated that Congress shall convene at least twice a year. The 1925 constitution lowered the minimum to once a year.


First All-Russian Congress of Soviets of Workers 'and Soldiers' Deputies (June 16 - July 7, 1917)

This was convened by the National Conference of the Soviets. It was dominated by pro-government parties (Socialist-Revolutionaries, etc.) and confirmed the supremacy of the Russian Provisional Government.

Second All-Russian Congress of Soviets of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies (November 7-9, 1917)

Following the overthrow of the Provisional Government of Russia in the October revolution, the 2nd All-Russian Congress of Soviets ratified the revolutionary transfer of state power. The Menshevik and Socialist Revolutionary deputies walked out in protest.

Third All-Russian Congress of Soviets of Workers', Soldiers' and Peasants' Deputies (January 23-31, 1918)

Delegates attended from 317 Soviets of Workers', Soldiers' and Peasants' with a further 110 delegates from army, corps and divisional committees. The Bolsheviks comprised 441 of the 707 delegates. On the fourth day January 13 (26), more delegates who had been at the Third All-Russia Congress of Soviets of Peasants' Deputies arrived. By the end there were 1,587 delegates.The Congress has a...
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