commissariat

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commissariat

1. (in the former Soviet Union) a government department before 1946
2. 
a. a military department in charge of food supplies, equipment, etc.
b. the offices of such a department
3. food supplies
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Did you say a cock?" shouted the commissariat clerk.
"Yes, he used to get his hair pulled pretty often," roared the commissariat clerk again, swallowing another glass of vodka.
They began poking the commissariat clerk and whispering something to him.
To my thinking that drunken commissariat clerk is a great deal cleverer, anyway one can see that he has addled his brains with drink, but you know, these foreigners are always so well behaved and serious.
During the meeting, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of Kyrgyzstan Iliyazbek Subankulov talked about mistakes made by military commissariats in the past year, thanked all the participants and encouraged them to continue their work in the military service.
La mise en œuvre de cette nouvelle approche se fera par etapes au niveau de six commissariats pilotes (Manaret Hammamet, Nssene et Sidi Ali Ben Oun pour la Garde Nationale et Marsa Ouest, Sidi Hassine El Attar et Sakiet Ezzit pour la Police Nationale).
Par Ingi Amr Plusieurs commissariats de police ont ferme leurs portes.
To help stave off custody battles between individuals who had taken in presumed orphans and surviving parents, in April 1943 the Council of People's Commissariats (Sovnarkom) underscored that legal adoption without parental consent could only take place when documentation had been provided about the parents' deaths.

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