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The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Kirk) to the Secretary of State

69. Soviet Press January 10 carries following decree Presidium Supreme Soviet USSR concerning conduct elections Supreme Soviet USSR:

Connection with expiration February 10, 1950 authority, Supreme Soviet USSR second convocation,1 on basis Article 54 constitution USSR providing new elections designated by Presidium Supreme Soviet USSR not later than two months after date expiration authority Supreme Soviet USSR, and in accordance Article 72 “regulations concerning elections Supreme Soviet USSR” providing day elections Supreme Soviet USSR be announced not later than two months before elections and elections be held on nonworking day, Presidium Supreme Soviet USSR decrees:

Elections Supreme Soviet USSR be held Sunday March 12, 1950.

  1. For documentation on the previous election on February 10, 1946, of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union, see Foreign Relations, 1946, vol. vi, pp. 673674, 688, 690696.