My father was the leader of the Soviet Union – Part 2

Welcome to episode 26 of Cold War Conversations in partnership with The Cold War Museum

This is part 2 of my conversation with Professor Sergei Khrushchev the son of Nikita Khrushchev who led the Soviet Union 1953 to 1964.

If you missed part 1 you can find it here

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In part 2 of this interview we gain insight into Soviet thinking around the Cuban Missile Crisis, we hear about the Soviet view of the building of the Berlin Wall along with the 1961 Berlin Crisis and his father’s fall from power.

If you are a member of our Cold War Conversations facebook discussion group you would have had the opportunity to provide questions for Professor Khrushchev – I’ve tried to include as many as I can, but apologies in advance if your questions didn’t make the final cut.

I only had limited time with Professor Khruschchev, however, as you heard he’s keen to talk further.  However if you can’t wait or want to learn more his book is well worth a read and does give more detail into his father’s life. Don’t be daunted by the size of it at 750 pages.

The book is available on the link below.


Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower


Khrushchev Denounces “Dictator” Stalin (1956)

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Visit To America

An Evening with Sergei Khrushchev

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