The discussion of the draft Constitution began on June 12, 1936 with its publication in the central state and Party newspapers, Pravda and Izvestiia. In Kirov, many local officials responded with enthusiasm and the pomp and circumstance appropriate for such an undertaking. For example, the district officials in Votkinskii raion dispatched 120 lecturers, in cars decorated with slogans and greenery, to organize meetings on collective farms. 1 While not all district officials chose such an ostentatious way to inaugurate the discussion, local Party and state officials throughout the region hurried to implement the discussion in response to regional and central authorities’ demands.