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Sergei Khrushchev, Son of Cold War-era Soviet Premier, Dies at US house

FILE – In this Oct. 4, 2007, file photograph, Dr. Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev, speaks concerning the historic launch of Sputnik I within the Alder planetarium’s exhibit in Chicago, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

The reason behind demise was a gunshot wound to the top, based on Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for the state health worker’s workplace. No indicators of foul play have been reported.

  • Associated Press Cranston
  • Last Updated: June 24, 2020, 10:53 PM IST

Sergei Khrushchev, the son of late Cold War-era Soviet chief Nikita Khrushchev and who grew to become a US citizen in 1999, has died at his Rhode Island house, authorities mentioned. He was 84.

The reason behind demise was a gunshot wound to the top, based on Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for the state health worker’s workplace.

Cranston police Maj. Todd Patalano informed The Providence Journal there have been no indicators of foul play.

Police responded to Khrushchev’s Cranston house final Thursday morning after getting a name from his spouse, Patalano mentioned. He was pronounced lifeless on the scene.

The youthful Khrushchev was a rocket scientist within the Soviet Union and moved to Rhode Island in 1991 to lecture on the Cold War at Brown University.

He and his spouse, Valentina, grew to become naturalized US residents in July 1999.

“I’m feeling like a newborn. It’s the beginning of a new life,” Sergei Khrushchev informed The Associated Press after taking the oath of citizenship inside a Roman Catholic faculty auditorium.

In a distinct interview, he mentioned he hoped his father, who died in 1971, can be supportive of his American citizenship.

“After all, it’s not as if I’m defecting,” he mentioned.

Khrushchev’s funeral shall be held in Moscow in October, his widow informed TASS, the Russian information company. She mentioned she didn’t want to communicate when reached by The Associated Press on Wednesday.


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