January 01, 2006

Khrushchev's Secret Speech

Sergo Anastasovich Mikoyan, Ph.D, is a specialist in Latin American history, and the son of Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan (1895-1978), a Soviet leader with particularly good political skills, having served Josef Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev. In 1956, Sergo Mikoyan was a graduate student at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO); his father Anastas was then first deputy prime minister. Russian Life contributing editor Tamara Eidelman interviewed Mikoyan in November about the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, which took place in February 1956, and where Khrushchev delivered his now famous “Secret Speech,” exposing the Stalinist Terror and Cult of Personality.


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