Definition of propiska in English:

propiska

noun

historical
  • In the Soviet Union (and briefly in the Russian Federation and other Warsaw Pact countries): a permit entitling a person to reside (and therefore work) in a particular city or town.

Origin

1950s. From Russian propiska registration, residence permit from propis-, stem of propisat′ to register + -ka, suffix forming nouns.

Pronunciation

propiska

/prɒˈpɪskə/ /prəˈpiːskə/