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commissar

in the former Soviet Union
1. an official of the Communist Party responsible for political education, esp in a military unit
2. (before 1946) the head of a government department
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Screening of the film Commissar (1967) by screenwriter and director Aleksandr Askol'dov was forbidden in the Soviet Union for over twenty years.
Till the Deng Xiaoping era, the political leadership in the CMC and the senior commissars were Long March veterans who had an enormous depth of experience in planning and executing the PLA's campaigns.
Then, on August 1, there can be a rising from the ashes, a huge white Yorkshire Rose bush, to be celebrated and enjoyed and to give us all some hope that perhaps, after all, the commissars in Brussels cannot destroy everything that is good and worthwhile in our lives.
The Brigades' leaders, both the military and political commissars, were hard men, dedicated to their cause, ever aware of and adapting to the changing communist party line and always, unwavering Stalinists.
These commissars have in the last 12 months passed 2,756 new pieces of legislation (one very three hours), and the cost, just financially in the next year will be about 100 billion.
But if there came a time when commissars were spared and no longer shot, that did not apply to Jewish prisoners of war who had been unmasked and who continued to be shot or dispatched to death camps almost until the end of the war.
WELSH secretary Peter Hain appears to treat us with the patronising air that Soviet commissars once reserved for the peasants and assumes no one sees through the spin.
While serving in the army, the Yeshiva students are nominally under the army chain of command but in practice are also subject to their rabbis, whose position is reminiscent of the political commissars of the Red Army.
Politically correct commissars threaten us with prosecution if we make ethnic or religious jokes.
We have been receiving contradicting reports from referees and their match commissars so we end up doing nothing.
Moreover, the directives and decrees of the Sovnarkom to the Council, and subsequently from the Council to the commissars and other regional authorities, were to be kept strictly confidential and secret.
These non-elected commissars are in existence due to the cowardice of elected politicians who have abdicated responsibility to these kangaroo courts.

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