A Sovnarkom session between December 1917 and January 1918, with Lenin
(seated under lamp) and Stalin
(standing) in the center
The Council of People's Commissars (Russian Wp→: Совет народных коммиссаров or Совнарком, translit. Soviet Narodnykh Kommissarov or Sovnarkom, also as generic SNK), was a government institution formed shortly after the October Revolution in 1917.