Nikita Khrushchev

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Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (April 15, 1894 – September 11, 1971) led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. Khrushchev was responsible for the partial de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, for backing the progress of the ... more »

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  • ''Revolutions are not made for export.''
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. speech, Jan. 27, 1959, 21st Communist Party Congress, Moscow.
  • ''Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.''
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. speech, Feb. 25, 1956, to secret session of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party. Khrushchev us...
  • ''He who cannot eat horsemeat need not do so. Let him eat pork. But he who cannot eat pork, let him eat horsemeat. It's simply a question of taste.''
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. New York World-Telegram and Sun (Aug. 25, 1964).
  • ''Politicians are the same all over: they promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.''
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. quoted in New York Herald-Tribune (Aug. 22, 1963). Khrushchev is earlier reported to have uttered t...
  • ''Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle.''
    Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. speech, Sept. 17, 1955, Moscow. quoted in New York Times (Sept. 18, 1955). Referring to the possibi...
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