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From Russian аппара́тчик (apparátčik, operator, apparatchik), from аппарат (apparát, apparat, apparatus (of state)) + suffix -чик (-čik).



apparatchik (plural apparatchiks or apparatchiki)

  1. (historical) A member of the Soviet apparat; a Communist bureaucrat or agent. [from 20th c.]
    • 1965 February 12, “Russia: Borrowing from the Capitalists”[1], Time, volume 85, ISSN 0040-781X: 
      Whether conservatively toeing their Marx or boldly advocating such heretical Western-style reforms as the primacy of profits, every important planner, apparatchik and economist in Russia is caught up in Communism's greatest debate since Stalin set backward Russia on its cruel-but successful-forced march into the 20th century industrial world.
    • 2007, Elizabeth Roberts, Realm of the Black Mountain: A History of Montenegro, Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, ISBN 9780801446016, LCCN 2006048845, OL 9776170M, page 34:
      In these dire conditions the ambitious Serbo-Croatian Communist Party apparatchik Slobodan Milošević played the national card in Kosovo.
  2. A blindly loyal bureaucrat. [from 20th c.]