ELECTIONS TO THE SUPREME SOVIET OF THE USSR IN 1937 AS A LEGITIMATION OF THE SOVIET SOCIAL AND POLITICAL REGIME (ON THE EXAMPLE OF BELORUSSIAN SSR)

Abstract

In this article, based on a wide range of sources, many of which are introduced into scientific circulation for the first time, the electoral process is described in detail, including the preparations for the elections to the Supreme Soviet in 1937 in the Belorussian SSR, the election campaign in particular its Soviet
sense, voting and tabulation of election results. With sufficient detail a mechanism of control over the elections is presented, the high degree of its effectiveness is stated, as confirmed by the relevant statistical information. For example, these elections demonstrated the nature of the Soviet political regime: these campaigns were not designed to provide a mechanism of action
removability of authority, but were propaganda campaign reinforcing the Soviet people in the eyes of the legitimacy of the current ruling elite.

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A. V. Kurianovich

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