< /nɪˈki tə sɜrˈgeɪ ə vɪtʃ; Russian nyɪˈkyi tə syɪrˈgyɛ yə vyɪtʃ/, 1894–1971, Russian political leader: premier of the U.S.S.R. 1958–64.
- Nikita Sergeyevich (niˈkitə sɪrˈɡjejɪvitʃ). 1894–1971, Soviet statesman; premier of the Soviet Union (1958–64). After Stalin’s death he became first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party (1953–64) and initiated a policy to remove the influence of Stalin (1956). As premier, he pursued a policy of peaceful coexistence with the West, but alienated Communist China