Glossary: CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union)

Since 1952 the official name of the communist party in the Soviet Union (q.v.). After the August coup dtat (q.v.), in which the party played a prominent role, Russian president Boris N. Yeltsin banned the party in Russia and ordered its property turned over to the government. The Communist Party of Belarus was banned in Belarus in August 1991, as was the Communist Party of Moldova in Moldova.

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