Russia - Research Article from Governments of the World

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Soviet Russia

The USSR was a totalitarian state with sovereignty vested in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). No other political parties or ideologies were allowed. The CPSU controlled all media, and censorship was common. Personal freedom was highly restricted. Individuals had little control over where they lived or their careers. Life revolved around the workplace, with schools, day-care facilities, medical clinics, and even vacation properties available only through workplace assignments. Travel abroad was extremely limited.

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The CPSU controlled the economy through central planning and emphasized heavy industry and military production over consumer goods and agriculture. An extensive police network and the Committee for State Security (KGB) enforced discipline. All policies were decided by party officials, and a rubberstamp legislature, the Supreme Soviet, followed all instructions given by the Kremlin (the citadel of Moscow; the government of Russia).

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