The Dictatorship of the proletariat, also called a workers’ state. In orthodox Marxist theory, a state controlled by the workers and used to suppress the bourgeoisie. This will "wither away" during the transition from socialism to communism. The USSR, China and other states such as Vietnam, Cuba, Angola, Tanzania and Laos, etc, all claimed to be in this "dictatorship of the proletariat," none ever claimed to have achieved communism.

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