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 (sŏf-kôz′, sôv-KHôz′)
A state-owned farm that paid wages to workers in the former Soviet Union.

[Russian, short for sovetskoe khozyaĭstvo, soviet farm.]
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(sɒfˈkɒz; Russian safˈxɔs)
n, pl, sovkhozy (sɒfˈkɒzɪ; Russian safˈxɔzi)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the former Soviet Union) a large mechanized farm owned by the state
2. (Agriculture) (in the former Soviet Union) a large mechanized farm owned by the state
[C20: Russian, from sovetskoe khozyaistvo soviet economy]
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[--] In the Kastli village of Aksi there is a distant and lonely field called Siberimaa 'the land of Siberia' " Saar (2000 : 169-170) suggests two explanations for the emergence of names motivated by comparison with geographically distant places: firstly, people's broadening horizons, and secondly, the stimulating effect of the Soviet era with its collective and state farms (kolkhozes and sovkhozes), transformation of nature and propagandist commemorative names.
(22) Of those, about 10,000 were designated "second-category" kulaks who were exiled within Uzbekistan, forcibly resettled to undeveloped lands to create sovkhozes. The first-category kulaks were exiled to the North Caucasus or to Ukraine.
Some were confiscated by local authorities, usually the heads of kolkhozes (a cooperative structure of small individual farms in the Soviet Union) and sovkhozes (farms organized by the state on land confiscated from former large estates), quite often for personal use and under false pretenses, with related paperwork falsified to show that the cattle had died due to natural causes (APRK 1947b).
He called on the remnants of the several hundred thousand Polish Christians whom he had previously placed in the Gulag or in Asian sovkhozes and allowed them to form a Polish army to fight the Germans.
Additionally, each community house had to carry out visual agitation tasks in the local agricultural organizations and also take care of topical banners and calls at the working locations of kolkhozes or sovkhozes. In addition, the inspectors of the Committee for Organizations of Cultural Education (89) acquainted themselves with the reports on the cinematic and dancing evenings, with the educational level, social class and overall views of the workers of community houses.
The Kyrgyz state could not even pay the subsidies for kolkhozes (collective farms), sovkhozes (state farms) and factories.
(1) The survey was implemented between November 2002 and February 2003 in three Russian provinces with different climatic and political characteristics (Rostov, Nizhnii Novgorod, Ivanovo), conducting face-to-face interviews with 142 managers of large corporate farms (former kolkhozes and sovkhozes), 223 independent peasant farmers, and 202 operators of commercially oriented household plots.
For more detail on these categories and subcategories, let us take the example of the summary table established in 1966: the housing complaints concern dwellings that are too small, unwarranted expulsions, a lack of comfort; the agricultural questions concern problems arising in the kolkhozes and sovkhozes, support for kolkhozes, taxes paid by the rural population, and so on; complaints linked to the police concern the obligation to carry a passport (propiska); arbitrary arrests, refusal to record requests and complaints; questions linked to the army concerned conscription, searches for lost soldiers, and others; justice questions concern requests to review legal decisions, inquiries that were taking too long, and the like.
During the decades of the Soviet regime, Russian agriculture was dominated by large collective and state farms (kolkhozes and sovkhozes).