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apparatchikap‧par‧at‧chik /ˌɑːpəˈrɑːtʃɪk/ noun [countable]  PGOan official who works for a government or other organization and who obeys orders without thinking a Communist party apparatchik
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apparatchikWhen an apparatchik dies, his family can request a plot in one of several Moscow cemeteries informally reserved for the elite.The offices were small, and apparatchiks scuttled round between rooms.Sophiatown itself-erased by the brutal apparatchiks of apartheid in 1955-is as much the protagonist as the suit.In others Communist apparatchiks remade themselves as nationalist autocrats, and stifled democracy in its crib.It is also very hard for apparatchiks at the grassroots of the party to understand.The Praga became a favoured haunt for upwardly mobile apparatchiks, visiting VIPs and wedding parties.The key date for seasoned party apparatchiks, however, is today.The extremism of the antagonistic, Western, post-Stalinist critic is mirrored in the extremism of the sycophantic Stalinist party apparatchik.
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