Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Nikita Khrushchev has died aged 84.

Sergei Khrushchev, during his father’s years at the head of CPSU was said to have participated in the Soviet missile and space programme, working on cruise missiles for submarines, military and research spacecraft, moon vehicles and the “Proton,” the world’s largest space booster.

His father Nikita Khrushchev, a concealed revisionist in the ranks of the Communist Party, implemented a number of counter-revolutionary measures in the years after the death of J V Stalin. In defiance of the decisions of the 19th party congress of the CPSU, measures were introduced in the economy which strengthened the role of the market and undermined socialism. Anti-Marxist ideas, such as a rejection of Lenin’s teachings on the state, handed political power to enemies of the proletarian state, and the foreign policy of the USSR raised political disagreements in the international communist movement to the level of disagreements between states, resulting in the break with China and Mao Zedong.

Nikita Khrushchev was deposed by his contemporaries not because of disagreements over the treacherous betrayal of Marxism-Leninism, but because of the calamitous way in which this about-turn was being made. In retirement Nikita Khrushchev worked on his memoirs, which his son edited after his death in 1971. These Memoirs are a lasting tribute to the political ignorance and petty mindedness of father and son, and should be read by all communists for an insight into the mindset of a lackey, a philistine, an intriguer.

The sight, in 1999, of Sergei Khrushchev raising his right hand to swear allegiance to the USA sums up a life given in the service of US imperialism. Khrushchev Jnr insisted that his father would have understood. “He was in the Communist Party because he believed it would be best for all of us. If, like me, he had seen that capitalism ended up working better, maybe he would have come to America, too.”[i]

Sergei Khrushchev, born July 2 1935, died June 18 2020