Bureaucracy is one of the leitmotives underpinning the ouvre of Andrei Platonov. The article explores the many facets this theme contains, both within the writer’s literary output as well as in his non-fiction works (notebooks, letters, literary critique, journalistic pieces). Drawing from his life experiences in the Soviet Russia of 1920s and 1930s, Platonov shows us how bureaucratic procedures destroy human relationships, destroying trust, friendships and family ties. He confronts a powerful state with alienated citizens asking moral questions about the nature of totalitarianism and how disastrous it is for society as a whole. And although Platonov excels in satire, the conclusions he draws are sombre.