Soviet Union (191727) Modern revolutionary activity in the Russian Empire began with the Decembrist revolt of 1825. "The Former Soviet Union: Physical Geography" (PDF). A b Benson, Shirley (2001). Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev, Volume 3: Statesman. "70 Years of Gidroproekt and Hydroelectric Power in Russia". Moscow controlled the Communist parties that ruled the satellite states, and they followed orders from the Kremlin. 116 The Supreme Soviet elected a Presidium to wield its power between plenary sessions, 117 ordinarily held twice a year, and appointed the Supreme Court, 118 the Procurator General 119 and the Council of Ministers (known before 1946 as the. "The Soviet Polity in the Modern Era". 7 November 1917) by revolutionaries led by the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.