'Photogenic' Khrushchev reassessed

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Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet leader famed for thumping his shoe on the podium during an angry speech at the United Nations, stars in a new photo exhibition.

Nikita Khrushchev and His Time, which opened last week in Moscow's Manezh exhibition hall, is one of the largest exhibitions on the colourful Communist leader to be mounted in Russia since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

Bald, stocky and famed for his peasant earthiness, Khrushchev is pictured in diverse settings ranging from Cold War summits with US president John Kennedy to casual days at home with his family.

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