Soviet of Nationalities

The Soviet of Nationalities (Russian: Совет Национальностей, Sovyet Natsionalnostey[1]) was the upper chamber of the Supreme Soviet of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, elected on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot in accordance with the principles of Soviet democracy. Until Glasnost and the 1989 elections, however, only candidates approved by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union were permitted to participate in the elections.[citation needed] It was briefly succeeded by the Soviet of the Republics from October to December of 1991. As opposed to the Soviet of the Union, the Soviet of Nationalities was composed of the nationalities of the Soviet Union, which in turn followed administrative division rather than being a representation of ethnic groups.

Soviet of Nationalities

Совет Национальностей
Legislative body in the Soviet Union
Type
Type
History
Established1938
Disbanded26 December 1991
Preceded byCongress of Soviets
Succeeded bySoviet of Nationalities and Federation Council (in Russia)
CIS Interparliamentary Assembly
Leadership
Anuarbek Alimzhanov (last)
Elections
Direct show elections (until 1989)
Elected by the Congress of People's Deputies of the USSR (from 1989)
Meeting place
Kremlin Presidium, Moscow Kremlin