Nikita Khrushchev

(1894–1971)

Nikita Khrushchev

Anecdote...

Censuring at a public meeting, Krushchev was interrupted by a voice from the audience. “You were one of Stalin’s colleagues,” shouted the heckler. “Why didn’t you stop him?”

“Who said that?” roared Khrushchev. There was an agonizing silence in the room. Nobody dared to move a muscle. Then, in a quiet voice, Khrushchev said, “Now you know why.”

Quote-worthy...

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers.

~Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev
Biographical Note: 

Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev was a Soviet statesman. He pursued a policy of destalinization and as premier of the Soviet Union (1958–64) generally promoted peaceful coexistence with the West, while attacking Western involvement in Third World countries.

More Information: 

Khruschev was the first Soviet leader to travel to the U.S. Read this account on Smithsonian.com about Khruschev’s lunch with Hollywood stars: Nikita Khrushchev Goes to Hollywood. And go here for a brief biography of this Cold War Russian leader.