Council of Ministers (Soviet Union)

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Council of Ministers of the USSR
Совет Министров СССР
Agency overview
Formed 1946
Preceding agency Council of People's Commissars of the USSR
Dissolved 1991
Superseding agency Cabinet of Ministers of the USSR
Jurisdiction Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Headquarters Moscow Kremlin

The Council of Ministers of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) (Russian: Совет Министров СССР), (sometimes shortened to Sovmin or Soviet of Ministers) was legally the Soviet government. It was the highest executive and administrative body of the Soviet Union.

The council could issue declarations and instructions based the laws of the USSR, and all territories and republics within the Union had to follow them. However, the most important state issues were made by the joint declarations with the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Union (CPSU), which was de facto more powerful than the Council of Ministers.[1]

It was replaced in 1991 by the Cabinet of Ministers of the USSR, which was dissolved only months later when the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

References[change | change source]

  1. Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd edition, entry on "Совет Министров СССР", available online here[dead link]