Khrushchev’s Wit

Perhaps an apocryphal story, but one so good it should be told nonetheless.


Legend that has it that while giving a speech denouncing Stalin, Khrushchev was interrupted by heckler.

“You were a colleague of Stalin’s,” the man called out, “why didn’t you stop him then?”

“Who said that?” Krushchev shouted, unable to see who had spoken up.

The room went still; no one moved. After a few moments of silence, Krushchev said quietly “Now you know why I didn’t stop him.”

Khrushchev’s Wit