MENSHIKOV Mikhail Alekseyevich (21.09.1902-19.07.1976) was born into a peasant family in the Posevkino village, Tambov province. He received education at the accounting courses in Borisoglebsk (1917), in the all-Soviet Central Executive Committee school (1924) and the faculty of Economics of the G.V.Plekhanov Moscow Institute of National Economy (1930).
From 1916 Menshikov worked at the cannery and in 1918 joined the Red Army. In 1920-22 he was the head of district press agencies in Don region and Tambov province. He participated in the suppression of the peasant uprising in Tambov (1921). From 1924 he worked as an accountant and economist at refrigeration plants. In 1927 he joined the All-Union Communist party (b). In 1930-36 he was the head of the department and director of the Anglo-Russian Cooperative Society ARCOS (London).
In 1936 Menshikov joined the People's Commissariat of Foreign Trade of the USSR. In 1943-46 he was the deputy director of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration – UNRRA (USA). From 1946 he worked as the deputy minister, from 04.03.1949 – Minister of Foreign Trade of the USSR. On November 6, 1951 he was dismissed as “unable to cope with the responsibilities”.
In 1952-53 he worked as deputy representative of the Council of Ministers of the USSR for the Soviet-Chinese joint-stock companies “Sovkitneft” and “Sovkitmetall”.
In 1953-57 he served as Ambassador of the USSR to India, in 1957-58 –Ambassador to Nepal, in 1958-61 – to the USA. In 1956-66 he was a candidate member to the CPSU Central Committee. In 1962-68 he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RSFSP, and then retired. He was decorated with the Order of Lenin, three Orders of Red Banner of Labor.