Sergei Khrushchev

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Sergei Nikitich Khrushchev (Russian: Серге́й Ники́тич Хрущёв, born July 2, 1935) is the son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. He now resides in the United States.


Khrushchev holds several advanced engineering degrees. From the Ukrainian Academy of Science, he earned his doctoral degree, and he earned a Ph.D. from the Moscow Technical University. In addition, he earned an M.A. degree with distinction from the Moscow Electric Power Institute. He also holds an "occasional" professorship at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, meaning he is not a full-time professor (though he was for some time), but does teach there fairly often.

Prior to emigrating from the Soviet Union to the United States in 1991, Khrushchev worked in various high-level engineering positions. From 1968 to 1991, he served at the Control Computer Institute in Moscow, where he rose from section head to first deputy director in charge of research. From the years 1958 to 1968, Dr. Khrushchev worked as an engineer, then later as a deputy section head in charge of guidance systems for missile and space design. In this capacity, he worked on cruise missiles for submarine craft, military and research spacecraft, moon vehicles, and the "Proton" space booster.

He often speaks to American audiences to share his memories of the "other" side of the Cold War. Khrushchev serves as an advisor to the Cold War Museum.[1] He was a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

Personal life

On July 12, 1999, he and his wife, Valentina, became naturalized citizens of the United States.[2] Sergei's son from a previous marriage, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, a Russian journalist, died on February 22, 2007, aged 47, from a stroke. He has another son, whose name is also Sergei.



  • Sergei Khrushchev, Khrushchev on Khrushchev – An Inside Account of the Man and His Era, by His Son, Sergei Khrushchev, edited and translated by William Taubman, Little, Brown, and Company, 1990, ISBN 0-316-49194-2
  • Sergei Khrushchev, Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000, hardcover: ISBN 0-271-01927-1, softcover: ISBN 0-271-02170-5
  • Sergei Khrushchev, Memoirs of Nikita Khrushchev: Reformer, 1945-1964, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006, hardcover: ISBN 0-271-02861-0
  • Sergei Khrushchev, Khrushchev in Power: Unfinished Reforms, 1961-1964. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2014, hardcover: ISBN 978-1626370326


  1. ^ Cold War Museum website
  2. ^ Kerlin, Janet. "Sergei Khrushchev will take oath of U.S. citizenship on July 12". Brown University News. Brown University. Retrieved 15 June 2015.

External links

  • Professor Khrushchev's page and biographical sketch at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies -- Archived page via Wayback Machine -- 2 February 2011
  • Photographs from exhibit at the Brown University Library - Khrushchev and Khrushchev: from the Kremlin to Brown University: Sergei Khrushchev
  • Interview with Dr. Khrushchev in conjunction with the CNN series Cold War
  • Webcast from the National Public Radio of December 2001 appearance of Dr. Khrushchev at the National Press Club
  • Sergei Khrushchev on IMDb
  • Transcript of a October 1997 discussion on the Cuban Missile Crisis on the PBS program Newshour, in which Dr. Khrushchev was one of the speakers
  • [permanent dead link] Review of Dr. Khrushchev's book Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of a Superpower in the Fall 2001 issue of the journal Demokratizatsiya[dead link]
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