Son of Khrushchev Becomes U.S. Citizen

The Florida Times Union, July 11, 1999 | Go to article overview

Son of Khrushchev Becomes U.S. Citizen


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Nikita Khrushchev's son became a U.S. citizen yesterday, choosing the material advantages of capitalism 40 years after his father vowed communism would surpass the American way of life.

"I'm feeling like a newborn. It's the beginning of a new life," Sergei Khrushchev, 64, said after taking the oath of citizenship inside a Roman Catholic school auditorium.

At his side was his wife, Valentina Golenko, who also took the oath.

They became American citizens 40 years after Nikita Khrushchev told Vice President Richard Nixon on July 24, 1959 during the famous Kitchen Debate in Moscow: "In another seven years we will be on the same level as America. When we catch you up, in passing you by, we will wave to you."

Another time, the Soviet leader said his country would "bury" the United States. Khrushchev has said his father's "we will bury you" remark was misunderstood. The remark meant that capitalism would die and that the Soviet economic system would outlive it, he said.

Sergei Khrushchev, once an important missile engineer for the Soviets, and his wife have been living in the United States since he came to the United States in 1991 as a visiting instructor in Cold War history at Brown University in Providence, where he still teaches. …

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