Sovdepia or Sovdepiya (Russian: Совдепия) was a
derogatoryname for Soviet Russia, and subsequently, the Soviet Unionused by " White Russians", and others, who opposed Bolshevikrule. It is a contractionof the Russian expression, "Sovet Deputatov" (Совет Депутатов), i.e., "Council of Deputies", " Congress of Soviets of Workers', Soldiers' and Peasants' Deputies", Council of People's Commissars, which were the local authorityat various levels, see Congress of People's Deputies.
Modern usage may also refer to the
authoritarianand bureaucraticstyle of rule and management characteristic of the Soviet Union.
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