If the function of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union is to make policy, control appointments to influential positions, and oversee the implementation of policy, what then is left for the Government to do? In the Soviet Union, more than in any Western political system, there is a blurring of the Party and the State, a tendency for the Party to subsume the role and functions normally associated with governments. The USSR Constitution reveals the contradiction. Article 2 reads:
All power in the USSR belongs to the People.
The people exercise state power through Soviets of People’s Deputies, which constitute the political foundation of the USSR.