The Seventh Extra-ordinary session of the USSR Supreme Soviet of the ninth convocation continued on October 5 and 6 in the Kremlin.
Session of the Soviet of the Union of the USSR Supreme Soviet:
The building of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet USSR. ?? At the session of the Soviet of the Union.
Address by Deputy Vladimir Shcherbitsky (member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the CPSU and first Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Ukraine): mute.
Address by Deputy Vladimir Grishin (member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the CPSU and First Secretary of the Moscow City Party Committee), (sound).
Session of the Soviet of Nationalities of the USSR Supreme Soviet:
At the session of the Soviet of Nationalities.
Address by Deputy Petr Masherov (member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the CPSU and First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Byelorussia) (sound).
General view of the delegates in session.
"Comrades Deputies! The present session of the USSR Supreme Soviet will occupy a special place in the annals of our country. The adoption of the new constitution of the USSR will be an outstanding landmark along the glorious course traversed by the Soviet people under the guidance of the Communist Party in the 60 years after the October Revolution" (end of natural sound).
"Esteemed comrades deputies! The thoughts and the sentiments of the Soviet people are determined today by a truly epoch-making event-the birth of a new constitution that will guide our future life and creative endeavours" (end of natural sound).
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Background: The Seventh Extra-ordinary session of the USSR Supreme Soviet of the ninth convocation continued on October 5 and 6 in the Kremlin.
The session of the Soviet of the Union was held in the Great Kremlin Palace presided by Aleksei Shitikov, chairman of the Soviet of the Union. The deputies continued the discussion of the report by the Chairman of the Constitutional Committee, Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee and Chairman of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet, entitled "On the Draft Constitution (Basic Law) of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and on the results of its nation-wide discussion."
The Soviet of Nationalities also held a session in the Kremlin, with Vitalius Rubenis, Chairman of the Soviet of Nationalities in the chair.
In his address the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Ukrainian Communist Party said that the discussion of the draft of the new Soviet constitution in the Ukraine was held on a large scale and in a free atmosphere as everywhere in the country. The discussion, he said, was marked by a high degree of political and labour activity and was of a business and constructive character. Some 35 million people, or practically all adult population, took part in the discussion of the draft in the Ukraine.
In the course of this discussion, continued Vladimir Shcherbitsky, our people have realised once again, as it were, and estimated the worth of the tremendous achievements of our socialist system and the advantages of the our way of life.
The First Secretary of the Moscow City Party Committee then said that the discussion of the draft constitution in Moscow was marked with great enthusiasm. The working people of the Soviet capital approved the draft. In concluding his address Vladimir Grishin, speaking on behalf of the working people of Moscow, moved that the draft constitution of the USSR presented by the Constitutional Committee be adopted.
Peter Masherov, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Byelorussia, went on to say that in Byelorussia, as in the country as a whole, the working people displayed great interest in the draft constitution. Practically all adult population of the republic took part in the nationwide discussion of the draft, in the course of which more than 18.000 specific proposals and suggestions were put forward.
Peter Masherov stressed that the people of Byelorussia have been convinced by their own historical experience of the veracity of the principal idea of the draft constitution, namely, that socialism and democracy are indivisible.