silovik

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Etymology[edit]

From Russian силовик (silovík), from сила (síla, force) + adjective suffix -ов (-ov, -able/-ible) + agent suffix -ик (-ik, -ist, -er), adjective: силовой (silovój, of or related to force)

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silovik (plural siloviks or siloviki)

  1. (politics) A Russian politician from the old security or military services, often the KGB, FSB, and military officers or other security services who came into power during the 1990s or 2000s.
    siloviki (plural) the security services which make up one wing of the Russian government.
    siloviki (plural) security-service personnel from any country or nationality.

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