On this day in 1922 the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, also known as the Soviet Union, was announced in Moscow, Russia. Representatives from the Ukraine, Belorussia, Russia and the Transcaucasian Federation agreed, in theory, to a treaty that established a proletariat state based on the principles of Marxism. That treaty was announced to the Soviet congress by Joseph Stalin, the Commissar of Nationality Affairs, on December 30, 1922. However, the treaty needed the full vote of the Soviet congress. Stalin asked the delegates to approve the treaty “immediately and unanimously as it is usually done by the communists.” The delegates agreed to vote on a final version of the treaty at the next meeting and it was never discussed again. The treaty that never reached a vote (or passed) lasted until the demise of the Soviet Union on December 8, 1991.
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