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Le Fameux Nikita

Author: Tamara Eidelman
Translation: Nora Seligman Favorov

Sep/Oct 2014
Page 28   ( 3 pages)

Summary: A look back at the oft maligned Nikita Khrushchev, on the 50th anniversary of his ouster.


Who was Khrushchev? Today’s young (and not so young) people are probably better prepared to answer this question than “Who was Lenin?”

Khrushchev was the one who sought to plant corn all over the place and who pounded his desk at the UN with his shoe.*

This is what everyone remembers about Nikita Sergeyevich, although it has been a long time since anyone used his patronymic. At best he’s Khrushchev, at worst Khrushch (a kind of beetle), but often just Nikitka.

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