Definition of nomenklatura in English:



  • 1(in the former Soviet Union) a list of influential posts in government and industry to be filled by Communist Party appointees.

    • ‘Far from preventing the restoration of capitalism and the victory of ‘civil society’, Stalin actually paved the way for it by ‘creating’ the nomenklatura.’
    • ‘Based on a nomenklatura system, all key positions in the state administration, the economy, education, the media, and the military were controlled by the party.’
    • ‘It's about wrecking the nomenklatura state and bringing law back to Russia.’
    • ‘In the nomenklatura system, officials at this level expect to move into a similarly lofty and responsible position, such as ambassador or minister at the federal level.’
    1. 1.1 Those people appointed to posts in government or industry under the nomenklatura system.
      • ‘The nomenklatura might have been prepared to surrender the Soviet state without a fight, but not their dachas.’
      • ‘The nomenklatura was ‘rewarded’ with access to the few imported commodities Romania had at the time.’
      • ‘The leaders of these groups may receive privileges once granted to the Soviet nomenklatura, such as official cars and well-equipped offices.’
      • ‘Apart from speculative activity surrounding the price of voucher books, the pace of privatization was deliberately slowed down by the vested political interests of the nomenklatura.’
      • ‘The former Communist nomenklatura continued to remain influential in executive government, especially after 1992.’


Russian, from Latin nomenclatura (see nomenclature).