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ⓘ Soviet satellite states were puppet states indirectly controlled by the Soviet Union. This meant that they were countries controlled by leaders who were really ..




                                     

ⓘ Soviet satellite state

Soviet satellite states were puppet states indirectly controlled by the Soviet Union. This meant that they were countries controlled by leaders who were really controlled by the Soviet Union. Soviet satellite states included the Warsaw Pact countries and Mongolia. The Soviet Union chose leaders in these countries who were loyal to the Soviet Union and would send in the military if the local people protested against the local government.

Examples were:

  • The Democratic Republic of Afghanistan 1978–90
  • The Hungarian Peoples Republic 1949–1989
  • The Czechoslovak Socialist Republic 1948–1960 and again 1968–1989
  • The Peoples Republic of Romania 1947–1965
  • The German Democratic Republic 1949–1990
  • The Polish Peoples Republic 1944–1989
  • The Peoples Republic of Bulgaria 1946–1990
  • The Peoples Socialist Republic of Albania Satellite 1944–1960; government extant until 1992

Most of these "Eastern bloc" countries had compulsory national service for young men. They also had varying numbers of Soviet troops and KGB agents. All these countries had detailed control of information censorship, and other aspects of the Soviet system. Many features of the Soviet information control were put into practice in distant countries, such as Cuba.

Other terms which may be used are:

  • Client state
  • Buffer state
  • Puppet state
  • Vassal state