|First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
September 14, 1953 – October 14, 1964
|Preceded by||Joseph Stalin|
|Succeeded by||Leonid Brezhnev|
|Premier of the Soviet Union|
March 27, 1958 – October 14, 1964
|First Deputies||Frol Kozlov
|Preceded by||Nikolai Bulganin|
|Succeeded by||Alexei Kosygin|
|Born||15 April 1894
Kalinovka, Dmitriyevsky Uyezd, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire
|Died||September 11, 1971
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union|
|Spouse(s)||Yefrosinia Khrushcheva (1916–1919, died)
Marusia Khrushcheva (1922, separated)
Nina Khrushcheva (1923–1971, survived as widow)
He moved his way up in the Communist Party, eventually becoming trusted by Joseph Stalin. When Stalin died, Khrushchev became the leader of the Soviet Union.
He died of heart disease on 11 September 1971.
"De-Stalinization"[change | change source]
When Nikita became the leader of the Soviet Union, he began something he called "De-Stalinization". He made a secret speech, in which he denounced Stalin as a man who committed many murders of innocent people. In early 1956, he took down all posters and statues of Joseph Stalin. Also, he moved Stalin's grave to a place where people could not see it.
Relations with the "West"[change | change source]
But the USSR and the US still did not trust each other. In 1962 America and the USSR had problems over missiles being in Cuba (near the US), and could have had a war. Khrushchev had bargained with the Americans to get rid of the missiles in Turkey, for the missiles in Cuba for only way of withdrawal.
Relations with China[change | change source]
Also, during this time, the Soviet Union became a lot less friendly with China. Because the Chinese leader Mao Zedong liked Stalin, he did not like it when Khrushchev became friendlier with the west, and when Nikita Khrushchev began a "destalinization" campaign.
References[change | change source]
- listen (info • help) Russian: Ники́та Серге́евич Хрущёв; IPA: [xruˈɕːʲof]
- Tompson 1995, p. 2. Soviet era reports list his birth date as April 17 (April 5 old style) but recent discovery of his birth certificate has made biographers accept the April 15 date.
- Jennifer Rosenberg. Body of Stalin removed from Lenin's tomb. About.com Guide 
- Carlson 2009, p. 247.
- Taubman 2003, pp. 421–22.
- Whitman, Alden (1971-09-12), "Khrushchev's human dimensions brought him to power and to his downfall", The New York Times, http://select.nytimes.com/mem/archive/pdf?res=F30B1FF7355B137A93C0A81782D85F458785F9, retrieved 2009-09-25 (fee for article, but available free here)
- Taubman 2003, p. 575.
- Taubman 2003, pp. 470–71.
- Zubok 2007, p. 136.
|First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party
|Prime Minister of the Soviet Union