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- n. The system of patronage in communist countries; controlled by committees in the Communist Party
They represent the idea of nomenklatura, or bureaucratic capitalism.
Only foreigners with real money were admitted to these stores, along with the nomenklatura, which meant Communist party trusties.
In the Soviet Union, those privileged by political connections were called the nomenklatura.
This word is Russian and ultimately comes from the Latin 'nomenclatura,' a calling by name, list of names.