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Nikita Khrushchev clearly remembered that morning, probably in early January 1953: Together with some of Joseph Stalin’s other aides, he was called to the Kremlin, where the leader of the Soviet Union showed him the letter from Dr. Lidiya Timashuk, a physician. Khrushchev didn’t recognize her name but immediately realized the significance of what she had written: According to Timashuk, Andrei Aleksandrovich...