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    Nikita Khrushchev Document Signed "N. Khrushchev," (In Cyrillic). One page, 6.75" x 11", np, nd. This letter is written entirely in Cyrillic; it discusses bread production in the Ukraine. The letter is signed both by Khrushchev as President of the Council of Ministers, and Kaganovich as Secretary. Khrushchev held this position from 1958 to 1964, so the letter must date to those years. Khrushchev's rise to power coincided with one of the darkest periods in Soviet history: the Great Terror. During the 1930's, Stalin began a series of bloody purges to consolidate his power. The terror spread throughout the Soviet Union, and Khrushchev was part of it, denouncing several fellow students and workers as enemies of the people and willingly taking part in the extermination of the Ukrainian intelligentsia. Eventually, Khrushchev would control the Communist party. In relations with the West, his tenure was marked by a series of high-stakes crises: the U-2 affair, the building of the Berlin Wall, and the Cuban Missile crisis. By 1964, he had alienated too many powerful Soviet constituencies. A group of men lead by Leonid Brezhnev ousted Khrushchev, and he retired to a dacha in rural Russia, where he died in 1971.

    The letter is in very fine condition; usual folds are present; signed boldly in green ink. Accompanying this letter is a portrait of Khrushchev shouting during a speech; it is reminiscent of the incident where he banged his shoe on the table while shouting slurs against the United States and the West, during the most heated part of the Cold War. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.


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