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Soviet Union Becomes Member of League of Nations

First Session of the League of Nations, 1920

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The Soviet Union becomes a member of the League of Nations. They will be expelled from the League on December 14, 1939, for their aggression against Finland.

Technically that expulsion will be contrary to the rules of the League of Nations: only 7 of the 15 members of the Council (the governing body) vote for expulsion, less than the majority required by the rules.

The excuse used is that three of the members of the Council had only become part of the Council the day before.

The expulsion of the Soviet Union is one of the last official acts taken by the League of Nations before it is made irrelevant by World War II.

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