Khrushchev backed the progress of the world's early space program. It was during his reign that the USSR launched Sputnik. He was initially a relatively popular figure in the US, and a 1959 state visit helped to thaw relations between the Cold War antagonists. In 1960, however, he angered the West with an extreme outburst during a speech by the head of the Filipino delegation to the UN calling for an end to imperialism by the USSR as well as by Western countries.
His dubious efforts at domestic reform plus several crises between his country and the United States (including the Cuban Missile Crisis) helped to erode his colleagues' confidence in him. Khrushchev was removed from power in 1964 (the only Soviet leader to experience this), and replaced with Leonid Brezhnev. Khrushchev was allowed to live the remainder of his life in relative peace. He died in 1971.
Nikita Khrushchev in The Hot WarEdit
Nikita Khrushchev was one of several Soviet politicians who survived World War III and the death of Joseph Stalin in June 1952. During a conversation with President Harry Truman, George Kennan suggested that Khrushchev might be in the running to take power from Stalin's immediate successor, Lavrenty Beria. Kennan described Khrushchev as being an up-and-comer, and that he was nye kutlyurny, uncultured, a trait he played to keep himself alive during Stalin's reign. Truman had never heard of Khrushchev, but made sure to remember him from then on.
Khruschev resisted separatist guerrilla bands supported both by Germany and the Race. Germany supported these through its ally Romania, which allowed the Germans to disavow any involvement in the gun-running when the Soviet Union protested to them and the Romanians to claim they were at the mercy of their German ally when the Soviets protested to them.
In 1963, Khrushchev was able to present his superior (and sometime political rival), General Secretary Vyacheslav Molotov of the Communist Party, with evidence that the Race was supporting the rebels. Molotov was hopeful that the Race, unlike Germany, would discontinue its support for the rebels on being confronted with this evidence.
In 2031, members of the Race on Home recalled Khrushchev had once threatened that "we will bury you". In light of the development of Tosevite starships, the Race considered his threat very possible, generations after he made it.
Khrushchev appears on the cover of one edition of Down to Earth, although his actual role in the series is minor.
Nikita Khrushchev in The War That Came EarlyEdit
Ivan Kuchkov reminded Sergei Yaroslavsky of Khrushchev. Both seemed to be bullheaded and dim, and yet, if Khrushchev survived the purges, he had to have been quite clever beneath his exterior. Yaroslavsky suspected Kurchov capable of similar depths.
Nikita Khrushchev in "The Phantom Tolbukhin"EditNikita Khrushchev was the political officer in Fedor Tolbukhin's "Fourth Ukrainian Front", a rag-tag guerrilla band of Soviet soldiers fighting a desperate guerrilla war against German occupation in 1947. Unlike most political officers, Khrushchev was quite willing to take up arms and go into battle, a trait Tolbukhin appreciated. With the Soviet government in disarray and Moscow occupied, Khrushchev's power as a political officer was less than he cared to admit.
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|Chairman of the Council of Ministers (de facto head of government) of the Soviet Union|
Council of People's Commissars until 1946
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|First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (de facto leader of the Soviet Union)|
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