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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.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