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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.
Cecsarini’s Cecil is tired and dour, a humorless apparatchik who pulls strings.
The right-wing legal community has rallied around Page, from National Review’s Andrew McCarthy to party legal apparatchiks David Rivkin and Lee Casey in their Wall Street Journal op-ed perch.
Many managers live in terror of arrest since the Maduro regime purged the industry, imprisoning officials from low-level apparatchiks to former oil ministers.
The scramble for power begins, and caught up in it are desperate apparatchiks played by the likes of Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs and Steve Buscemi, who’s making an early case for MVP of this year’s festival.
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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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