THE KREMLIN: The Heart of the Matter

Voice: How did you stand it? Why didn't you kill him?

Khrushchev: What could we do? There was a reign of terror. You just had to look at him the wrong way and you lost your head.

This exchange, which took place during Nikita Khrushchev's historic speech to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party last February, was deliberately leaked to Western newsmen in Moscow a fortnight later. As a statement of official responsibility during the Stalinist terror, it got to the heart of the matter. But only last week was the Kremlin ready...

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