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A Podyachy or podyachiy (Russian: подьячий, sometimes подъячий; from the Greek hypodiakonos, "assistant servant") was an office (bureaucratic) occupation in prikazes (local and upper governmental offices) and lesser local offices of Russia in 15th-18th centuries.
As an anachronism, it may be loosely translated as clerk the Latin word equally derived from a clerical title, and generically used.
Podyachyes were classified into junior, middle and senior. A senior podyachy (Старший подьячий) was a councillor to a dyak.
- See "Voyevoda#Siberia for their role in Siberian administration
- See "Deacon#Cognates" for other historical terms derived from the Greek diakonos.
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