Nikita Khrushchev

Nikita Khrushchev

Nikita Khrushchev led the Soviet Union - as First Secretary of the Communist Party - from 1953 (after the death of Joseph Stalin) to October 14, 1964 (when his party colleagues removed him from power).

Khrushchev and President Kennedy met in Vienna, during 1961, attempting to improve relations between their respective countries.  Both men were in power when the Cuban Missile Crisis erupted the following year.

After he left office, Khrushchev wrote his memoirs which were smuggled to the West.  They were published, at least in part, in 1970. 

Khrushchev died (of heart issues) the following year.  He is buried in the cemetery at Moscow's Novodevicy Convent.  Many other famous Russians (or high-profile Soviets) are also buried there, including:

Mikhail Bulgakov (writer)

Anton Chekhov (writer)

Sergei Eisenstein (film maker)

Nikolai Gogol (writer)

Andrei Gromyko (government official, involved in Cuban Missile Crisis)

Sergei Prokofiev (musician/composer)

Dmitri Shostakovich (musician/composer)

Galina Ulanova (ballerina)

Media Credits

This photograph was taken on the 3rd of June, 1961, while JFK and Khrushchev were meeting in Vienna, Austria.  Photo online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.



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