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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.
noun (in the former Soviet Union)
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
noun 1. a council that deliberates on high-level policies of a government.
- Council of states
noun 1. another name for Rajya Sabha
noun 1. the governing council of Venice from 1310 until its overthrow in 1797, composed originally of 10 and later 17 members.
noun, German History. 1. the Reichsrat.