Letter from Adzhubeï to Khrushchev

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(1031) “Pis’mo Adzhubeia k Khrushchevu” (Letter from Adzhubeï to Khrushchev).

Original typescript. 28,8cm x 20cm. 1 page printed recto in 2 columns. Samizdat dated 1965.

One page parodic poem on Nikita Khrushchev purportedly from Nikita Khruschev’s son-in-law Alekseï Adzhubeï (1924-1993). Adzhubeï, nicknamed “King of the Soviet press”, was the editor-in-chief of the official government daily newspaper Izvestia.
In the first part of the poem “Adzhubeï” asks his father-in-law of what news he has and in the second “Khrushchev” answers him. In short, he explains that even after his brutal dismissal from the Soviet Union’s ultimate seat of power he leads a pleasant life and how he managed to deceive the nation’s people and evade any punishment. Quite a vulgar poem with liberal use of obscenities which, at the time, was standard for popular political poetry.
These texts would recited from memory while waiting in the interminable queues at the shops or between friends in the evenings.
No other copy of this samizdat has been found.

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