apparatchik apparatchik  /ˌæ pə ˈræ tʃɪk/


  1. (n) a humorous but derogatory term for an official of a large organization (especially a political organization)
  2. (n) a communist who was a member of the administrative system of a communist party


  1. And there are strong signs that Putin has found just the man in Viktor Zubkov, a pliant apparatchik whom Putin appointed Prime Minister in September.
  2. In the early 1990s, a gun-toting Milosevic apparatchik took over the museum and hid all the non-Serb art in the basement.
  3. Among Syria's lite, the Baathist-apparatchik look--leather jacket, bell-bottoms, cigarette holder--is giving way to skinny jeans and cappuccinos.


  1. McCain: Time to put gentle diplomacy aside with Putin

    WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- It's time to get tough with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who called the Russian leader an "old KGB colonel apparatchik."
    on June 25, 2013     Source: UPI

  2. McCain: Time to get tough with Putin

    (CNN) – The time for gentle diplomacy with Russia's President Vladimir Putin has passed, Sen. John McCain asserted in an interview Tuesday. Calling the Russian leader an "old KGB colonel apparatchik that dreams of the days of the Russian empire," McCain said on CNN's "New Day" the U.S. should take a tougher position with Putin, […]
    on June 25, 2013     Source: CNN Political Ticker


  1. "Russia has now become a nation fueled by petro-dollars that has basically become a KGB apparatchik-run government,. I looked in Mr. Putin's eyes and I saw three letters -- a K, a G and B," McCain said in the first presidential debate between...
    on Sep 26, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Reuters

  2. "Voters expect a bit more humanity, a broader range of interests and experience than that of a political apparatchik," Mr Abbott told The Daily Telegraph yesterday. "It would be a lot easier for her to realise her ambition if there was...
    on Oct 5, 2007 By: Tony Abbott Source:

  3. "No communist apparatchik," Aikman said, "would have a clue about what it meant."
    on May 17, 2007 By: David Aikman Source: Yahoo! News

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