|All-Union Communist Party|
Всесою́зная Коммунисти́ческая Па́ртия
|General Secretary||Vladimir Putin|
|Founded||January 1, 1912|
|International affiliation||Comintern (1919–1943)|
International Meeting of Communist & Workers' Parties (1998– )
The AUCP is organized around the idea of democratic centralism, a principle conceived by Lenin that entails democratic and open discussion of policy issues and the requirement of unity in upholding agreed upon policies. The highest body within the AUCP is the Party Congress, that convened every five years. When the Congress is not in session, the Central Committee is the highest body, but since the body meet twice a year, most day-to-day duties and responsibilities are vested in the Politburo, the Secretariat, and the Orgburo.