Representative of Authority

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Representative of Authority

 

(predstavitel’ vlasti), according to Soviet law, an official who is invested with the rights and duties necessary to perform the functions of agencies of state power or administration. In conformity with these rights and duties, a representative of authority can issue orders to citizens, establishments, and organizations that must be carried out. Such powers are possessed by, among others, employees of militia agencies, the state sanitary inspection service, and the state fire protection service. Representatives of authority characteristically make primary use of persuasive methods, but in certain cases coercive measures can be used. Within the limits of their authority they are obligated to act in strict conformity with the law.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Napoleon at the battle of Borodino fulfilled his office as representative of authority as well as, and even better than, at other battles.
Those arrested were charged, among other things, with complicity in hostage-taking, complicity in threat to kill, violence against a representative of authority, hooliganism and resisting to police.
On the rare occasion when you can see a policeman or woman, they look a shabby sight and hardly representative of authority.
Little children in Mule Bone are not only learning the central importance of verbal art but are presented as masters of rhetorical improvisation in duels with the representative of authority.

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