Nikita Khrushchev
Никита Хрущёв
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In office
14 September 1953 – 14 October 1964
Preceded by Georgy Malenkov (de facto)
Succeeded by Leonid Brezhnev (as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union)

In office
27 March 1958 – 14 October 1964
First Deputies
Preceded by Nikolai Bulganin
Succeeded by Alexei Kosygin

Born 15 April 1894(1894-04-15)
Kalinovka, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire
Died 11 September 1971 (aged 77)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
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Alma mater Industrial Academy
Signature Nikita Khrushchev Signature2
Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army
Years of service 1941–45
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands Soviet Armed Forces
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union
Hero of Socialist Labor (thrice)

Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev[1] (15 April 1894 [2] – 11 September 1971) was the leader of the Soviet Union after the death of Joseph Stalin. He ruled from 1953–1964.

Nikita was born in the town of Kalinovka in Russia. He later moved to Ukraine. He worked in mines, and became part of the Bolshevik movement. He was a political commissar in the Red Army in the Russian Civil War and again in World War II and moved his way up in the Communist Party, eventually becoming trusted by Joseph Stalin. When Stalin died, Georgy Malenkov and several others including Khrushchev shared power. Eventually Khrushchev became the leader.

References Edit

  1. Loudspeaker listen Russian: Ники́та Серге́евич Хрущёв; IPA: [xruˈɕːʲof]
  2. 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.
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