For Young Nikita, Cold War Rages
MOSCOW (AP) _ The grandson and namesake of the late Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev says the Cold War is still raging in Russia’s bureaucracy.
Once his father, Sergei Khrushchev, applied for U.S. citizenship, the young Nikita Khrushchev found that doors that were previously open to him were shut in his face.
``My experience during the last few days has shown that there are people in Russia for whom the Cold War is still going on,″ Khrushchev wrote in a column published Wednesday in the liberal weekly Moscow News.
Sergei Khrushchev has been living in Rhode Island for most of the last decade. He has successfully passed the U.S. citizenship test and is to take his pledge of allegiance in July.
Nikita Khrushchev has long been helping his father, a former missile engineer turned writer, gather material for his books from Russian archives and other institutions.
But now that Sergei Khrushchev is about to become a U.S. citizen, the son’s job has suddenly grown more complicated. Officials are shunning him because of his father’s move.
A missile design bureau turned Nikita Khrushchev down when he asked for a picture of an old missile, saying it would not have contact with a foreigner without permission from the Federal Security Service, the main successor of the KGB.
His argument that he is a Russian citizen didn’t help.
And when Khrushchev turned to an archive to make copies of some documents, a custodian told him he would have to pay 40 times the previous price _ and in hard currency, not rubles _ because of his father’s new status.
Finally, a former top Soviet official whom his father had asked him to contact lashed out at him in a telephone conversation, saying he should be persecuted as a relative of an ``enemy of the people″ _ a regular practice under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Khrushchev didn’t name the former official.
``This isn’t the Cold War,″ he summed up. ``But it’s not normal peace, either.″