Дипломат Брежнев

The Master said:
"The noble man focuses on duty and righteousness,
the small man focuses on gain.

The Diplomat. Brezhnev Alexei A.

Alexei Arkadievich Brezhnev was an Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, First Class. For many years he served as a diplomat in China, and witnessed and participated in developments of Sino-Soviet relations from the 1950s to the 1970s.

In the later years of his diplomatic career he was in charge of the Moscow office of the International Labor Organization (ILO), and afterwards headed the Department of Publishing and Documentation of the ILO in Geneva. Aleksei Brezhnev also held a PhD degree in History.

He was the author of several publications, including the book China: A Thorny Path to Neighborly Relations. Memoirs and Reflections, a book based on official documents and personal impressions of the author.



Aleksei Brezhnev was born on July 19, 1930 in Ulyanovsk. From 1930 to 1948 he lived with his parents in Samara (formerly known as Kuibyshev). In 1948 he graduated Kuibyshev Secondary School #6 with distinction, and enrolled in the Historical and International Faculty of the Institute of International Relations, today known as the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Aleksei Brezhnev briefly described the story of his choice of profession in the chapter “On the Author” in his book China: A Thorny Path to Neighborly Relations. Throughout his life he recollected with gratitude the years spent within the walls of the Institute, its democratic and creative atmosphere, and the high quality of its teachers. The personality of E. V. Tarle, an academic with whom Aleksei Brezhnev was acquainted, left a deep impression on him.

In 1953, Aleksei Brenzhev graduated the institute with distinction and was assigned to work in the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the same year, he and his wife Enessa, also a graduate of the Institute of International Relations, were sent to the People´s Republic of China.