Published 03/26/14

Son of former Russian leader will speak about Ukrainian crisis

Contact: Frank Tortorici, Steinreich Communications
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SMITHFIELD, RI --  Sergei Khrushchev, son of the late Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev, will speak at Bryant University next week in a timely discussion that will reflect on the tense situation in Ukraine. Khrushchev grew up in Russia and Ukraine, both part of the Soviet Union at that time. It was his father who transferred Crimea to Ukraine in 1954. His 7:30 p.m. talk on Tuesday, April 1, will feature personal anecdotes and reflections that can shed light on the current turmoil in the area. His presentation, which is open to the public, will be in Papitto Dining Room of the Fisher Student Center.

“We are pleased to have Sergei share his unique, personal perspective on Ukraine with our community,” said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley. “As a witness to history, having seen his father transfer Crimea to Ukraine in 1954, Sergei has a compelling story to tell. Providing our students with direct exposure to such crucial events of world history prepares them for leadership roles in today’s global arena.”

Khrushchev will discuss Ukraine’s economic considerations and trace its history from the establishment of the medieval state of Kievan Rus’, which emerged as a powerful nation in the 9th century but disintegrated in the 12th century.  He will cover the Russian Revolution, after which was established the independent Ukranian People’s Republic which itself became the Ukranian Soviet Socialist Republic, one of the founding republics of the Soviet Union in 1922.

Khrushchev will examine what gives Ukraine its character and how it fought for its culture against the hostile Soviet government which at times repressed Ukraine’s artists and historians. Since it became independent in 1991 following the demise of the Soviet Union, Ukraine adopted a market economy. Khrushchev will analyze its comeback from the ensuing eight-year recession, and then its further suffering following the worldwide economic crisis which began in 2008.   

Khrushchev and his wife came to the U.S. in 1991 and became citizens in 1999. He has lived in Cranston, R.I., for 25 years and is retired from Brown University where he served as a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies. He has lectured annually at Bryant for the past decade.  The lecture is co-sponsored by Bryant’s Departments of Economics and History and Social Sciences.

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. Founded in 1863, Bryant University has approximately 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students from 33 states and 85 countries. Bryant University regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, Forbes and Barron’s.