Nikita Khrushchev biography
Nikita Khrushchev became Premier of the Soviet Union after Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. In a 1956 "secret speech," he discussed Stalin's crimes for the first time, starting a process called "de-Stalinization." He also visited the West, putting a smiling face on his brand of "Reform Communism." Khrushchev provoked the Cuban Missile Crisis and oversaw the building of the Berlin Wall.