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Sergei N. Khrushchev

Brown University


Filmed in June 2007.

Why did your father join the Communist Party? [0:57]

What are your memories of the Second World War? [1:02]

What was your father ’s involvement in the war? [2:10]

Nikita Khrushchev succeeded Josef Stalin as the leader of the Soviet Union in 1953. How did Khrushchev change the Soviet Union? [1:49]

What was Nikita Khrushchev like as a person? [1:23]

What was the Cuban Missile Crisis like from the Soviet perspective? [3:08]

What did the Soviet people think of Fidel Castro? [0:58]

How is the Cold War taught to students in Russia today? [1:42]

Did Khrushchev think he could manipulate Kennedy? [2:08]

Why did Khrushchev send two letters to Kennedy? [5:35]

Why did you become an American citizen? [3:11]


Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev, is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute. He earned his Soviet doctoral degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Science, a PhD from the Moscow Technical University. Prior to coming to the United States, he was in charge of research at the Control Computer Institute in Moscow where he worked cruise missiles for submarines, military and research spacecraft, moon vehicles, and the "Proton," the world's largest space booster.

He is a regular commentator for the U.S. media and the author of more than 250 books and articles on engineering, computer science, history, and economy. His books include Khrushchev on Khrushchev (Little Brown, 1990), Nikita Khrushchev: Crisis and Missiles (1994), The Political Economy of Russian Fragmentation (1993), Three Circles of Russian Market Reforms (1995), and Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Super Power (Penn State Press, 2000). His books have been published worldwide in 12 languages. He is currently working on his new book, Nikita Khrushchev's Reforms.

In 1967, he began to help his father, Nikita Khrushchev, work on his memoirs. The full text of the memoirs, The Time, the People, the Power, was published as four volumes in Russian 1999 by Moscow News. He has also edited the memoirs in English to produce the three-volume Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev as a joint project of the Watson Institute and Pennsylvania State University.