Nikita Khrushchev
Khrushchev’s Son On The Cuban Missile Crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis ended on October 28, 1962, when Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev ordered the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba. In this video, Khrushchev’s son Sergei gives the Soviet perspective of the missile crisis. Of the Soviet Union’s involvement, he says: “Each great power have their obligation to protect their allies. They’re far, or close; they’re important or they’re not important. And when Castro, after Bay of Pigs, declare officially that he joined the Soviet Bloc, he put this obligation on my father’s shoulders.” He also speaks to the juxtaposition of how US and Soviet citizens responded to the crisis, saying: “For Americans, each such threat was like a shock. And here, because it was a psychological crisis, Americans thought it is end of the world. They tried to bring all this food in the shelters, waiting until it will be this apocalypse. For the Soviet Union, it was one of the crisis, because we lived through the two Berlin crisis, three Middle East crisis, Far East crisis. So it was no panic in the Soviets…. Nobody left the Moscow or the big cities. Nobody buy food. It was life as usual.”

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