Ivan Hristov Bashev

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Ivan Hristov Bashev
Former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivan Bashev.png
Deputy Minister of Education
In office
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
Foreign Minister
In office
1962 – 13 December 1971
Personal details
Born (1916-02-11)February 11, 1916
Sofia, Bulgaria
Died December 13, 1971(1971-12-13) (aged 55)
Vitosha, near Sofia

Ivan Hristov Bashev (Bulgarian: Иван Христов Башев) (February 11, 1916 – December 13, 1971) was a Bulgarian diplomat and Foreign Minister of Bulgaria from 1962 to 1971.[1] Bashev headed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until his death on December 13, 1971 and is considered one of "most remarkable foreign ministers of Bulgaria".[2]


Bashev was born February 11, 1916 in Sofia, Bulgaria. A lawyer by education, he was editor-in-chief of the national daily Narodna Mladezh from 1944 to 1946. He joined the Bulgarian Communist Party in late 1946 and was elected to the party's central committee in 1962.

In 1956, Bashev was appointed Deputy Minister of Education followed by an appointment as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1962, he became Foreign Minister for the new government that was formed by Todor Zhivkov after the fall of the Anton Yugov government and the defeat of the Stalinist and pro-Chinese party faction headed by Vulko Chervenkov. In 1966, Zhivkov reorganized his government, yet Bashev was allowed to retain his post. When the Stanko Todorov cabinet was formed in July 1971, he again was allowed to keep his post.

Bashev was instrumental in reestablishing relations between Bulgaria and Denmark. On April 7, 1968 he became the first Eastern Bloc Foreign Minister to visit Reykjavík, Iceland. His visits were instrumental in the elimination of the visa regime between Bulgaria and Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. (an ironic sidenote: In 1989, just after the establishment of a real parliamentary democracy in Bulgaria, those agreements were denounced and the visa regime was restored).

On December 13, 1971 Bashev was found frozen to death. According to a Foreign Ministry statement, he had been caught in a sudden snowstorm while skiing alone on mount Vitosha near Sofia. He had apparently fallen, been injured, and died of hypothermia and exhaustion before being found by the mountain rescue service.[3]

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  1. ^ Bulgaria, List of Foreign Ministers by country and by year
  2. ^ 6. Three generations of Bulgarian diplomats pay tribute to former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivan Mashev, Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria - Washington D.C., Bulgarian Telegraph Agency, 13 February 1996
  3. ^ Bashev, Ivan (Hristov)

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