Sputnik Escalates the Cold War
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Nikita Khrushchev



Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Rising to the position of leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) in 1953 after the death of Josef Stalin, Khrushchev instituted various reforms and led the Soviet Union through some of the most tense years of the Cold War before being ousted in 1964.

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