Khrushchev Nikita Sergeyevich


 (kro͝osh′chĕf, -chôf, KHro͞o-shchyôf′), Nikita Sergeyevich 1894-1971.
Soviet politician who served as first secretary of the Communist Party (1953-1964) and Soviet premier (1958-1964). He denounced Stalin (1956), thwarted the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, and improved his country's image abroad but was deposed (1964) for his perceived weakness in dealing with the West and his failure to improve the Soviet economy.