35 – The man who owns a Soviet Submarine

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Welcome to Episode 35 of Cold War Conversations.

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Today we talk with John Sutton who owns a Foxtrot class Soviet Submarine moored in the middle of the River Medway in Kent.

This may seem an unlikely location for a Soviet submarine but John tells an interesting story of how he acquired it.

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So back to the episode, after viewing some of the photos of the sub listing in the river, with some trepidation I boarded a fast Javelin train at London St Pancras and within 30 minutes I was in Strood and I could see across the Medway the low silhouette of the Foxtrot.

We join the interview with John and I aboard his small launch in the middle of the River Medway. 

 
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26 – Professor Sergei Khrushchev Interview – Part 2

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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.

Before we start I would again like to thank all those who are supporting the podcast with monthly pledges and donations.

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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.

Books

Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower

Videos

Khrushchev Denounces “Dictator” Stalin (1956)

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Visit To America

An Evening with Sergei Khrushchev

For more information on the Cold War Museum use these links

The Cold War Museum Web site

The Cold War Museum on Facebook

25- Professor Sergei Khrushchev Interview – Part 1

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Welcome to episode 25 of Cold War Conversations in partnership with The Cold War Museum

Now it’s not every day that I get to speak the son of a Soviet Premier on the podcast, but today I’m delighted to speak with Professor Sergei Khrushchev the son of Nikita Khrushchev who led the Soviet Union as the First Secretary of the Communist Party from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964.

In part 1 of this interview we talk about Professor Khrushchev’s early years, his relationship with his father, his father’s rise to power, the 1956 Hungarian Uprising as well the first international visits accompanying his father to the UK, East Germany and the USA.

If you are a member of the 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.

Books

Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower

Videos

Khrushchev Denounces “Dictator” Stalin (1956)

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Visit To America

An Evening with Sergei Khrushchev

For more information on the Cold War Museum use these links

The Cold War Museum Web site

The Cold War Museum on Facebook

23- Gary Powers & the 1960 U2 Incident

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Gary PowersWelcome to episode 23 of Cold War Conversations.

Today’s episode is the first in a new partnership we have formed with the Cold War Museum.

We speak with Gary Powers Junior. His father piloted the U2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union.

Powers’ U-2 was shot down on May 1, 1960, as he flew over Soviet airspace, and after parachuting out of the plane he was captured and convicted of espionage. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was freed on Feb. 10, 1962, in exchange for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. The incident and exchange was detailed on the Steven Spielberg film “Bridge of Spies”.

If you would like to support the podcast further and get access to some exclusive extras go to our web site at coldwarconversations.com and use the Patreon link our home page.

Back to today’s episode and a warm welcome to Gary Powers Jr.

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Books

The Cold War – Jeremy Isaacs & Taylor Downing

The Cold War – John Lewis Gaddis

Operation Overflight – Francis Gary Powers

Mayday – Michael Beschloss

Bridge of Spies – Giles Whittell

Brotherhood of Spies

Letters from a Soviet Prison – Gary Powers Jr

Spy Pilot – Gary Powers Jr

Videos

20 minute BBC documentary on the U2 incident

USAF Documentary on the 1960 U2 Incident

Letters from a Soviet Prison – lecture with Gary Powers Jr

Bridge of Spies – movie trailer

3 minute summary of the 1960 U2 Incident

Episode 10 – 1960s School Road Trip across the Soviet Union

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Welcome to Episode 10 of Cold War Conversations.

Today we’re moving away from the GDR and Czechoslovakia to the Soviet Union.

Jeremy Poynton was a 16 year old school boy in 1968 when he embarked on a memorable trip by road from Leningrad to Odessa.

He vividly describes a Soviet Union still struggling with poverty and a diverse range of peoples from city dwellers to remote Chechen villagers.

It’s a unique story as Jeremy details his experiences and the sights of a 1960s Soviet Union just as the Prague Spring was being suppressed

I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did, we welcome Jeremy Poynton.

Trip Photos

More photos here on this link

Films

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

The Manchurian Candidate

Bridge of Spies

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy BBC version

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb – Trailer

Battleship Potemkin – The Odessa steps sequence

Music

Beatles

Rolling Stones

Jefferson Airplane

Grateful Dead

If you could invite three personalities from the cold war period to have a few pints with, who would they be?

Alexander Kerensky  – Leader of the Provisional Government after the Russian Revolution

Mikhail Gorbachev – Last leader of the Soviet Union

Ronald Reagan – President of the United States