- (before the revolution) any governmental council.
- (after the revolution) a local council, originally elected only by manual workers, with certain powers of local administration.
- (after the revolution) a higher council elected by a local council, being part of a hierarchy of soviets culminating in the Supreme Soviet.
Origin of soviet
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Unlike the Soviet Union at a certain period in history, the Russian economy does not hold a candle to that of the United States.
Copies of the letter were sent to senior members of the church hierarchy and to the Soviet government.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Miles of Soviet era housing projects sat along on the ocean.
Not even after its parent company, the Soviet Union, took a dive in 1991.
Soviet forces had deftly enveloped the German 4th and 9th Armies, annihilating some 28 divisions.
A similar crucial issue arose in the fall of 1961 on the question of relations with the Soviet Union.Area Handbook for Albania|Eugene K. Keefe
The export to the Soviet bloc of many other items is subject to limitations as to quantities permitted to be shipped.East-West Trade Trends|Harold E. Stassen
This agreement was secret, and revealed by the Soviet Government in 1918.The Myth of a Guilty Nation|Albert Jay Nock
But, she told herself, for the glory of the Soviet peoples, the work must go on.The Foreign Hand Tie|Gordon Randall Garrett
He had also said with resentment, a Soviet citizen could not own a rifle.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
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Word Origin for soviet
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Word Origin and History for soviet
1917, from Russian sovet "governing council," literally "council," from Old Russian suvetu "assembly," from su "with" (from *su(n)- "with, together," from PIE *ksun- "with") + vetu "counsel." The whole is a loan-translation of Greek symboulion "council of advisers." As an adjective from 1918.