Commission of Party Control

Commission of Party Control

 

(KPK; full name, Commission of Party Control of the Central Committee of the ACP [Bolshevik]), established in 1934 by the Seventeenth Party Congress, which decided to reorganize the Central Control Commission of the ACP (B) into the KPK, elected by the party congress. The KPK was to consist of a central agency with permanent representatives in republics, krais, and oblasts who could be appointed and recalled by the central agency (KPSS v rezoliutsiiakh i resheniiakh, 8th ed., vol. 5, 1971, p. 160). The Party Rules adopted by the Seventeenth Congress of the ACP(B) state that the KPK “(a) supervises the fulfillment of decisions of the party and of the Central Committee of the ACP (B), (b) takes action against persons who violate party discipline, and (c) takes action against violators of party ethics” (ibid., p. 167).

The Eighteenth Congress of the ACP (B) recognized that the main task of the KPK was to achieve stronger control over the fulfillment of decisions of the Central Committee of the ACP (B); the congress established that the KPK functioned under the direction of the Central Committee of the ACP(B) and according to its directives, thereby rendering unnecessary the election of the KPK at the party congress (ibid., p. 372). In accordance with this, the following change was entered into the Rules of the ACP(B): “The Commission of Party Control (a) supervises the fulfillment of directives of the Central Committee of the ACP(B) by soviet-economic agencies and party organizations, (b) reviews the work of local party organizations, (c) takes action against persons who violate the Program and Rules of the ACP(B) and party discipline” (ibid., p. 378). The Nineteenth Congress of the CPSU (1952) reorganized the KPK into the Committee of Party Control of the Central Committee of the CPSU.

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