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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Nikita Khrushchev

Nikita Khrushchev, 1963

On this day, March 27, in 1958, Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev replaced Nicolay Bulganin as Soviet premier.

Karsh photographed Khrushchev in April, 1963, when the furs had been returned to storage. However, Karsh asked: “Mr. Khrushchev, I would like the biggest fur coat in Russia possible to photograph you in.” And to my delight, he gave the go-ahead signal and within half an hour after that a big fur coat was produced.”

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