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(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.

any similar council or assembly connected with a socialistic governmental system elsewhere.
(initial capital letter). Often, Soviets. a governing official or person living in the Soviet Union:
The Soviets have denied our charge.
of or relating to a soviet.
(initial capital letter) of the Soviet Union:
a Soviet statesman.
Contemporary Examples

His most famous works, like The Man Who Flew Into Space from His Apartment, created in 1984, were read as anti-soviet manifestos.
Is This Anti-Soviet Art? Jimmy So October 21, 2011

The reason for the flap, old man,” he said, “is that Kim was head of our anti-soviet section.
The Charmed Life of a Traitor Harold Evans November 5, 2009

Ohser drew anti-British and anti-soviet caricatures, but in his private life, he made no secret of his real political convictions.
When Hitler Was a Punchline Rudolph Herzog May 13, 2011

Historical Examples

Since nineteen he had been a member of the anti-soviet team.
Revolution Dallas McCord Reynolds

Do you think that they thought you had anti-soviet views because you married an American?
Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

To a significant degree the revival of nationalism has gone hand in hand with anti-soviet attitudes.
Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

opposed to anything characteristic of or relating to the former Soviet Union and its government: anti-Soviet propaganda
opposed to the government and policies of the former Soviet Union: they are not pro-Nazi but anti-Soviet
(in the former Soviet Union) an elected government council at the local, regional, and national levels, which culminated in the Supreme Soviet
(in prerevolutionary Russia) a local revolutionary council
of or relating to a soviet
of, characteristic of, or relating to the former Soviet Union, its people, or its government

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.


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