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1971: Death of the Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev

1971: Death of the Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev
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  • Historical event:
  • 11 September 1971
  • Khrushchev fell out of favor with the regime, and died from a heart attack in hospital in Moscow, on this day in 1971. He was 78 years old when he died.

This day in 1971 marked the death of the Soviet political leader Nikita Khrushchev.

It is interesting to note that Khrushchev fell out of favor with the regime, especially during his last seven years in power.

Namely, he was removed from power in 1964 (Leonid Brezhnev then became the new Soviet leader).  Unlike previous leaders, who were usually killed after their removal, Khrushchev survived, but was “retired”.

He used a flat in Moscow and a dacha (holiday home) near the city. Allegedly, he was receiving 500 rubles a month, which was later reduced.

Khrushchev was monitored by the state. His name and former status were almost completely ignored. During that “retirement”, Khrushchev allegedly fell into a deep depression.

Khrushchev died from a heart attack in hospital in Moscow, on this day in 1971. He was 78 years old when he died.

He was buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow. Chekhov, Gogol, Bulgakov, Ilyushin, Mayakovsky, Molotov, Tupolev, and Boris Yeltsin were also buried there.

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