Shefstvo

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Shefstvo

 

in the USSR, a type of social activity. It consists of systematic comradely assistance rendered by an organization or institution (the chief, or shef) to another group. For example, shefstvo may apply to a kolkhoz, school, or military unit.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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By 1948 the local authorities directed local enterprises to organize patronages, or sponsorships (shefstvo), and a board of guardians (opekunskie sovety) for the more systematic implementation of aid practices for their needy workers, such as demobilized veterans (including families of war invalids and fallen soldiers) and invalid workers from industrial accidents.
(30) For shefstvo, see the slogan for the 1925 International Children's Week (Mezhdunarodnaia detskaia nedelia), 56: "Zapadnym brat'iam--proletarskaia pomoshch" i bratskii privet!"; and 9-ia Mezhdunarodnaia detskaia nedelia (Moscow: Molodaia gvardiia, 1929), 20.
Already in July 1933 they gave a Komsomol group a supervisory role (shefstvo) over his project (13) and eventually appointed the writer Aleksandr Fadeev, the former leader of the militantly 'proletarian' literary organization RAPP, as the film's script writer.