99-002 (Sergei Khrushchev)
Distributed July 7, 1999
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Janet Kerlin

Sergei Khrushchev will take oath of U.S. citizenship on July 12

Sergei Khrushchev will be sworn in as a U.S. citizen at 2 p.m. July 12 in Providence. He and his wife, Valentina Golenko, will be sworn in with 250 other people at Bishop McVinney Auditorium in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Sergei Khrushchev will take the oath of U.S. citizenship on Monday, July 12, 1999, at 2 p.m. in Bishop McVinney Auditorium, One Cathedral Square, Providence.

Khrushchev, whose father, Nikita, was the leader of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, is a senior fellow at Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies. He and his wife, Valentina Golenko, will be sworn in as citizens along with 250 other candidates by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ronald Lagueux. Participants begin arriving at 1 p.m. for document processing, and the ceremony is expected to begin around 2 p.m.

To become citizens, Khrushchev and his wife passed a test of history, government, and English writing skills on June 23 administered by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Providence.

Khrushchev, 64, decided to become a citizen after eight years at Brown University, where he writes and teaches a senior seminar on relations among the post-Soviet states.

Khrushchev's fields of expertise are Soviet and Russian political and economic development, Soviet history, international security, and computer science. He has written numerous books, including Nikita Khrushchev: Creation of a Superpower, which is scheduled for release in October.

Note: Judge Lagueux will allow cameras, but no flash, during the ceremony. For more information, contact Janet Kerlin in the Brown University News Service (401) 863-2476.