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Конституция «развитого социализма»: откуда взялся принцип руководящей роли партии?

The Article 6 of the Soviet Constitution (1977) on the guiding role of the Communist party appeared to be the sole one which totally corresponded to the social reality of the so-called “developed socialism”. Why this article was elaborated and which were political targets and ambiguous historical results of its adoption in the system of nominal constitutionalism? To answer this question the author, using new archival documents of the Constitutional Commission of the Supreme Soviet, reconstructs the logic and phases of political debates and constitutional initiatives at the last stage of the Soviet regime.