Sergei N. Khrushchev was the son of former Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev. At the time of filming, he was a senior fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University. He earned his Soviet doctoral degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Science and 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.
Khrushchev was 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), Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Super Power (Penn State Press, 2000), and Khrushchev in Power (Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. 2014). His books have been published worldwide in 12 languages.
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 in 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.
Khrushchev’s videos are used in this Choices Program curriculum unit:
The Cuban Missile Crisis: Considering Its Place in Cold War History
We mourn the death of Sergei Khrushchev in Rhode Island in June 2020.
He was our colleague and friend.