The Khrushchev Thaw

In the late 1950s the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, denounced his predecessor, Stalin. Russians were able to buy tape recorders and listen to rock music. Witness hears from one man who benefitted from the period by becoming a musician himself.

[Photo: Zinovy Zinik in 1975. Credit: Slava Tsukerman]

Release date:

Available now

11 minutes

Last on

Wed 26 Feb 2014 08:50 GMT

Featured in...

When Animals Made History

The Murder of Dian Fossey

Events from history when animals took centre stage

Soviet History

Collapse of the Soviet Union

From the Hungarian uprising to the break-up of the Soviet Union

Great Sporting Moments in Olympic History

Great Sporting Moments in Olympic History

Stories of endurance, world records and remarkable athletes

The Witness Podcast

The Witness Podcast

Every programme, to download and keep

African History Collection

Thomas Sankara African Revolutionary

The communities, politics, leaders and events that have shaped Africa