Definition of vlast in US English:

vlast

noun

  • 1(in countries of the former Soviet Union) political power or authority.

    ‘the council represented the real vlast, the real power behind the front men in public office’
    • ‘In Russia, human rights activists continue to be harassed by the vlast, by the authorities.’
    • ‘That party, liberal but critical of the vlast, was probably the perfect party for him.’
    1. 1.1the vlasti Members of the government; people holding political power.
      ‘policemen kept the centre lane clear of traffic for the exclusive use of the vlasti’

Origin

Russian.

Pronunciation

vlast

/vläst/