The World: Tribute for a Non-Person

When he died in 1971, Nikita Khrushchev was officially a nonperson. Despite his eleven years as Soviet party chief, he was denied the usual honors of burial at the Kremlin Wall and was instead allotted a plot in the far corner of the Novodyevichy Cemetery, Moscow's second-ranking burial ground. The newspapers that had once headlined his speeches identified him in his death notice only as a "pensioner of the state."

The Khrushchev family was obviously resentful of this treatment and decided on their own to erect a monument in Novodyevichy. At a cost of...

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