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Communist Party of the Soviet Union


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The Communist Party of the Soviet Union was the founding and ruling political party of the Soviet Union. The CPSU was the sole governing party of the Soviet Union until 1990, when the Congress of People's Deputies modified the article of the constitution which had granted the CPSU a monopoly over the political system. The party was founded in 1912 by the Bolsheviks, a revolutionary group led by Vladimir Lenin, which seized power in the aftermath of the October Revolution of 1917. The party was dissolved on 29 August 1991 on Soviet territory soon after a failed coup d'état and was completely outlawed on 6 November 1991 in Russian territory.
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    • Early years (1898–1924) 

    • Stalin era (1924–53) 

    • Post-Stalin years (1953–85) 

    • Gorbachev and the party's demise (1985–91) 

    • Governing style 

    • Democratic centralism 

    • Vanguardism 

    • Congress 

    • Central Committee 

    • Statute 

    • Politburo 

    • Control Commission 

    • Departments 

    • ''Pravda'' 

    • Higher Party School 

    • Republican and local organization 

    • Membership 

    • Komsomol 

    • Marxism–Leninism 

    • Leninism 

    • Stalinism 

    • Dictatorship of the proletariat 

    • Anti-imperialism 

    • Peaceful coexistence 

    • Socialism in One Country 

    • According to the Communist Party of China 

    • Communist parties within the Warsaw Pact 

    • Other ruling communist parties