From Russian силови́к (silovík), from си́ла (síla, “force”) + adjective suffix -ов (-ov, “-able/-ible”) + agent suffix -ик (-ik, “-ist, -er”), adjective: силово́й (silovój, “of or related to force”)
silovik (plural siloviks or siloviki)
- (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.
former member of the security services and the military, any power structure (Russia)