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Recent Examples of apparatchik from the Web
Distant, out-of-touch private managers could simply be replaced by distant, out-of-touch public bosses or by party apparatchiks.
Another useful model can be found in Ukraine, where a Russian oligarch backed the 2010 political campaign of the pro-Russian apparatchik Viktor Yanukovych.
This weekend, Trump praised a Wall Street Journal op-ed by David Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley, two conservative legal apparatchiks.
President Hassan Rouhani, a lackluster apparatchik of the security state, once thought that a nuclear deal would generate sufficient foreign investment to placate discontent.
Politico's Lili Bayer likened Orban's tenure to an earlier era of Communist apparatchiks.
The two most likely contenders to succeed him are Jon Lansman, the founder of Momentum, and Jennie Formby, an apparatchik from the Unite union, Labour’s biggest donor.
So divisive had the issue been that party apparatchiks agreed in advance to mute their reactions to the result.
Apart from Rampling, the movie’s best turn probably comes from Jeremy Irons as a General Korchnoi, who is an eerie Russian apparatchik.
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Did You Know?
In the context of the definition of "apparatchik" (a term English speakers borrowed from Russian), "apparat" essentially means "party machine." An "apparatchik," therefore, is a cog in the system of the Communist Party. The term is not an especially flattering one, and its negative connotations reflect the perception that some Communists were obedient drones in the great Party machine. In current use, however, a person doesn't have to be a member of the Communist Party to be called an "apparatchik"; he or she just has to be someone who mindlessly follows orders in an organization or bureaucracy.
APPARATCHIK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apparatchik for English Language Learners
: a very loyal member of an organization (such as a company or political party) who always obeys orders
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