Council of Nationalities
- See under Supreme Soviet.
- the legislature of the former Soviet Union and its successor states, consisting of an upper house (Soviet of the Union or Council of the Union), whose delegates are elected on the basis of population, and a lower house (Soviet of Nationalities or Council of Nationalities), whose delegates are elected to represent the various nationalities.
Origin of Supreme Soviet
translation of Russian Vérkhniĭ sovét
Also called Supreme Council.
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- the bicameral legislature, comprising the Soviet of the Union and the Soviet of the Nationalities; officially the highest organ of state power
- a similar legislature in each former Soviet republic