Boris Shtein

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Soviet delegation on the way to the Naval Conference in Geneva in May 1927. On the left Boris Shtein and on the right Grigory Sokolnikov.

Boris Yefimovich Shtein (Russian: Борис Ефимович Штейн 1892 — 1961) was a Soviet diplomat. He was a member of many Soviet delegations in the 1920s and 1930s and served as a diplomat at the United Nations in the 1940s. In later life Shtein dedicated himself to academic work as a professor and writer on the history of Soviet foreign relations. His name is also transliterated as Boris Stein or Boris Shteyn.


Born at Aleksandrovsk in 1892, Shtein graduated in 1917 from the Economic Department of the Petrograd Polytechnical Institute. From 1920 he worked in the People's Commisariat for Foreign Affairs in many positions such as a head of commercial and political offices, the Assistant Head of Economic and Legal Division, Head of wormwood and the Baltic States[clarification needed], head of the department of Central Europe, the head of the department of international affairs. From 1932 to 1934 Shtein was Ambassador to Finland; he was succeeded by Eric Assmus. Shtein was the Soviet Ambassador to Italy from 1935 to 1939. Beginning in 1945 he was an adviser in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[1][2]

Shtein was secretary of the Soviet delegation at the Genoa Conference in 1922 and the Secretary-General of the Soviet delegation at the Hague Conference in 1927. Also he was the Secretary-General of the USSR delegation at the International Economic Conference in Geneva between 1928 and 1933. Stein was a Secretary General of the USSR delegation to the Preparatory Commission in the World Disarmament Conference. Shtein was a member of the delegation of the USSR at the Assembly of the League of Nations, and later he was an alternate member of the delegation of the USSR at the first and second sessions of the United Nations General Assembly.[1][2]

Shtein received a doctorate in historical sciences in 1943. From 1936 to 1938 Shtein was a member of the Central Executive Committee. He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour and the medal "For valiant work in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945."[1] He died in Moscow in 1961.


  1. ^ a b c Словари и энциклопедии на Академике: ШТЕЙН, Борис Ефимович
  2. ^ a b "Sketches on the History of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. 1802-2002", vol. 2, ISBN 5-224-03653-4, p. 127 (in Russian)