Definitions

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  • n. 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.
  • n. siloviki (plural) the security services which make up one wing of the Russian government.
  • n. siloviki (plural) security-service personnel from any country or nationality.

Etymologies

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From Russian силовик (silovík), from сила (síla, "force") + adjective suffix -ов ("-able/-ible") + agent suffix -ик ("-ist, -er").

Examples

  • "It's already unclear who's a liberal and who's a 'silovik' (hardliner).

    Excerpts: 'It's a God-Given Good That Should Be Used Effectively'

  • For all the rumors loose-lipped generals were spreading in 2007 about conflicts among silovik factions, almost none cast Putin as less than a powerful commander.

    The Return

  • Simultaneously, Putin pursued other policies that an old school silovik would have vigorously opposed.

    The Return

  • He sensed the growing hunger for order, the appeal of a candidate close to law enforcement or the armed forces—a silovik—and knew that if he did not find such a candidate first, the Russian people and the political elite would.

    The Return

  • Combining the words “oligarch” and “silovik,” one might call these new magnates silovarchs.

    The Return

  • Medvedev, perceived as the softest and most modern of the contenders, was at odds with the main silovik factions.

    The Return

  • Commentators expected Putin to endorse one of his silovik associates, most likely Sergey Ivanov.

    The Return

  • If he had anointed a silovik with a functioning power base, he might have brought on his own doom.

    The Master and Medvedev

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