There are many people who desire to win a good reputation by slandering other people. To tell about people of this kind and deny such insinuations, I would like to start a special Hit Back column. The other day, “a happy American” Sergey Khrushchev, the son of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave an interview to Germany’s Der Spigel. What he was saying, resembled very much what his father had done years ago: he slandered Stalin and the Soviet Union. He did it probably for fear that Soviet archives may come to light, and people will see Nikita Khrushchev’s blooded hands, the blood shed by other people.
A Spigel journalist asked Sergey Khrushchev:
Your father approved hundreds and may be thousands of death sentences during the cleansing of the 1930s.
- I know. He told me how Stalin had done it: he came with a list of names and declared them people’s enemies. He said they were sentenced to death, that is why the Soviet leadership had to sign the list as well. It is quite natural that my father couldn’t avoid signing the list.
Lie is felt in the first lines at once. Can you imagine that it was Stalin who came to Khrushchev, not vice versa? However, it is not what really matters. Nikita Khrushchev was the first among the Communist Political Bureau to slander Stalin, he did it for fear of upcoming disclosures.
This is a rather popular method in politics: if you slander your predecessor, you will be quicker promoted. Although a great scope of documents of the Stalin era was destroyed by Khrushchev’s order, publications about his actions before the year of 1953 often appear. Such materials reveal, Khrushchev wasn’t a humanist at all. Some verbatim records of Nikita Khrushchev’s speeches have been published.
For example, in January 1936, a year before the ill-fated year of 1937, Nikita Khrushchev, being the first secretary of the Moscow City Committee of the Communist party, was displeased to state awful statistics at a plenary session. “Only 308 people have been arrested. I should say, this is not enough (someone in the audience: Right you are!) 308 people are not a sufficient amount for the Moscow communist organization." We must liquidate these scoundrels. The hands won’t falter when we step over dead bodies of the enemies for the public good!”
As a result of such statements, “practically all secretaries of the Moscow city committee of the Communist party undergone repressions by beginning of 1938 (only three of 38 secretaries escaped repressions), many Soviet, trade union, Komsomol leaders, scientists and cultural workers were repressed as well. The arrests were authorized by three top officials, first secretary of the Moscow city committee of the Communist party Nikita Khrushchev was among them.”
Being the first secretary of the Communist party central committee in Ukraine, Nikita Khrushchev complained to Stalin in 1938: “Every month Ukraine sends lists of 17-18,000 people subject to repressions, however, Moscow approves candidatures of not more than 2-3,000 people only. I ask you to take measures in this respect!”
As it is clear from the publications, it was not Khrushchev who was pressed down, on the contrary, he himself demanded for more and more blood. This is the shameful information about Nikita Khrushchev that his son wants to conceal.