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Did former U.S. President Richard Nixon really live in the USSR as a child?

According to the author of the book `Nixon: A Life', Jonathan Aitken, compared to his other overseas trips, Nixon's journey to the Soviet Union as Vice President in 1959 was the one that made the most impact on his strategic thinking. Officially, the trip aimed "to give the U.S. senior representation at the first-ever American trade exhibition to be held in Moscow". There were "low expectations for the mission so far as issues of substance were concerned", but Nixon himself apparently thought differently, spending six months preparing for the trip, taking Russian lessons, meeting experts, and studying relevant literature.

John A. Farrell, the author of another biography, `Richard Nixon: The Life', claims he was briefed on 132 topics, yet quoting the future president as saying that "all the briefings in the world could not have prepared me for Khrushchev's unexpected, unpredictable conduct."

Following his arrival in Moscow, and the famous "Kitchen Debate", where he "clashed" with the Soviet leader, Nixon then visited Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Novosibirsk, and the Ural industrial locations of Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) and Degtyarsk. Accompanied by his wife Patricia and Milton S. Eisenhower (the President's brother), Nixon visited the Uralmash heavy machine production plant, Pervouralsk New Pipe Plant, the border of Europe and Asia and the Degtyarskiy copper mine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 17th, 2022 at 12:06:43 PM EST
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