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Soviet Union

a former federal republic in E Europe and central and N Asia: the revolution of 1917 achieved the overthrow of the Russian monarchy and the Soviet Union (the USSR) was established in 1922 as a Communist state. It was the largest country in the world, occupying a seventh of the total land surface. The collapse of Communist rule in 1991 was followed by declarations of independence by the constituent republics and the consequent break-up of the Soviet Union.
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(19th All-Union Conference of the CPSU, Documents and Materials, Moscow, Novosti Press Agency, 1988, p.
The 1962 splitting of the party apparatus emerges in the analysis below as a desperate, ill-conceived effort to regain the administrative initiative in the aftermath of the essentially failed 1957 sovnarkhoz (short for sovety narodnogo kboziaistva, councils of the national economy) reforms designed to devolve economic decision making away from the central all-union ministries.
the only attraction Gorbachev has to offer is the prospect of a common all-union market.
In the heyday of proletarian promotion, an April 1929 front-piece in 64 called for the Chess Section to "Promote Workers Boldly!" by recruiting them for factory tournaments or even giving them invitations to play in the all-union championship.
These are some of the questions and contradictions that sprang to mind as the 4,991 delegates were leaving the glass hall in the Kremlin on July 1, at the close of the really extraordinary Nineteenth All-Union Conference of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, which ended symbolically with the decision to erect in Moscow a monument to the victims of Stalinism.
But even in describing her professional life, Andreeva does not avoid negative reflections on "Soviemess." For example, she spends a significant part of her account of the All-Union House of Fashion (Obshchesoiuznyi dom modelei) on characterizing socialist toilets and drawing unflattering comparisons with their German counterparts.
The first all-union Communist Party conference since 1941, this June, will determine the pace and fate of perestroika.
(46) The first all-union law on citizenship followed the formal creation of the USSR and the publication of the USSR Constitution in 1923.

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