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Abstract

"On April 18, 2008 I interviewed Dr. Sergei Khrushchev, the son of the late Soviet Premier, Nikita S. Khrushchev. The following is the transcript of that interview. This was the first of two interviews that I conducted with the younger Khrushchev at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The topic of the interview was very broad. Its original purpose was for a research paper for a Russian History class that I took in the spring of 2008 at Chapman University, instructed by Dr. William Cumiford. My goal was to discuss as many topics as possible in order to gain some material for the foundation of the research paper. We discussed Khrushchev's 1959 visit to the United States, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the overthrow of Khrushchev, the rise of Brezhnev, what this usurpation of power did to the Soviet Union domestically, when and why the younger Khrushchev became an American citizen, the major issues that Khrushchev faced when he came to power, and his own suggestions as to where I might begin the research for my senior thesis. This interview was the catalyst for my senior undergraduate thesis that was completed in the spring of 2009."

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