Born in 1931 in Rostov-on-Don, Razvin demonstrated a keen interest in languages as well as world affairs. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations with a diploma in Economics and, later, the prestigious Diplomatic Academy in Moscow.
In 1952 he married Valentina P. Razvina, a translator, guide and English scholar at the Moscow Institute. They have one son, Peter, born in 1953, who is a scientist specializing in international economic relations.
In 1970 he accepted a post at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR in Moscow. From 1974 to 1980 he served in the Protocol Department of the Ministry and, from 1980 to 1990, was Chief of Translation and Interpretation at the Ministry, responsible for sending Russian linguists to all parts of the world.
Throughout his career, Ambassador Razvin published many articles dealing with world economics and international relations. He was also noted in Russia and throughout the U.S. as a speaker who was informed, analytical, insightful and highly entertaining.