Glossary: Supreme Soviet (Verkhovnyy sovet in Russian)

DEFINITION:
Under the communist regime, the lower tier of the legislature. Elected by the Congress of Peoples Deputies (q.v.). The Moldovan Supreme Soviet changed its name to the Moldovan Parliament in May 1991 and declared the country sovereign one month later. The name of the Belarusian Supreme Soviet remained unchanged after Belarus declared its independence.

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