Sorabkop (Soviet Workers' and Peasants' Consumer Societies)
Sorabkop (Soviet Workers' and Peasants' Consumer Societies) was one of the largest cooperative societies formed in the USSR. Its history dates to 1922 when the All-Union Central Executive Committee issued a Decree concerning the "union network of consumer cooperatives in Ukraine".
To form the network, a merger was brought about between a cadre of small, rural cooperatives. Sorabkop headquarters was based in Kiev and so the city benefited from having the largest cooperative in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Sorabkop's formation helped resolve the discrepancy between the prices of industrial and agricultural products. As a result, accounting measures and price controls were put in place on the products Sorabkop sold. Cooperative members could use private currency as well as food cards or product coupons in Sorabkop stores. Their urban stores sold products to non-members but did so at higher prices and, city-dwellers did not have access to the entire stock. In addition, Sorabkop developed a publishing division to turn out literature and advertisements for the cooperative.
Sources & Citations
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the-city.kiev.ua/ru (Sorabkop bio)
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