Jennifer Saslafsky wrote:
This is a question that I've been wondering about.word.
Word commissar (I hope spelling is correct) is >from French which defines an
official equipped with the certain authorities and/or responsibilities.
I recall that commissar was also an administrative function of a police
officer (precinct commander).
Russians governrment official have adopted numerous French administration
functions and structures - a word Gubernia (Province)
is probably one of the good examples of this adoption process.
Governement Minister was known as Peoples Komisar in the Soviet Union
during years 1917 to 1946, the Ministry was known
as Peoples Commissary.
Political offcers (politruks) in the Red Army, and later
in the Soviet Armed Forces have been also known as komisars.