Council of People's Commissars

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A Sovnarkom session between December 1917 and January 1918, with Lenin (seated under lamp) and Stalin (standing) in the center

The Council of People's Commissars (Russian Wp→: Совет народных коммиссаров or Совнарком, translit. Soviet Narodnykh Kommissarov or Sovnarkom, also as generic SNK), was a government institution formed shortly after the October Revolution in 1917.