Glossary: Congress of People's Deputies

DEFINITION:
Established in December 1988 in the Soviet Union by constitutional amendment, the Congress of Peoples Deputies was the highest organ (upper tier) of legislative and executive authority in the Soviet Union. As such, it elected the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. The Congress of Peoples Deputies that was elected in March through May 1989 consisted of 2,250 deputies. The Congress of Peoples Deputies ceased to exist at the demise of the Soviet Union.

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