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Nikita Khrushchev, 47; was grandson of Soviet leader

MOSCOW -- Nikita Khrushchev, a grandson and the namesake of the leader of the Soviet Union in the 1950s and '60s, died yesterday, his aunt said. He was 47.

Mr. Khrushchev had been hospitalized after a stroke Sunday, Rada Khrushcheva told the Associated Press.

Mr. Khrushchev -- one of six grandchildren of the late Soviet leader -- had worked as a journalist at a liberal weekly newspaper, Moskovskiye Novosti, from 1991 until his contract expired in December.

Mr. Khrushchev "became and remained a part of the soul and tradition of Moskovskiye Novosti, which he tried to preserve even when all others understood that so little depends on us all," the Moscow paper said on its website.

The RIA-Novosti news agency said that since leaving Moskovskiye Novosti, Mr. Khrushchev had worked for a newspaper connected with the Union State -- a proposed, on-again, off-again union between Russia and Belarus.

Mr. Khrushchev had long worked to help his father, Sergei, gather material for his books from Russian archives and other institutions. Sergei Khrushchev -- a former missile engineer turned writer and the Soviet leader's only remaining son -- emigrated to the United States in the 1990s and is a senior fellow in international studies at Brown University.

In a 1999 newspaper column, the young Khrushchev complained that once his father had applied for US citizenship, he found that doors previously open to him were shut in his face.

"My experience during the last few days has shown that there are people in Russia for whom the Cold War is still going on," he wrote.

Mr. Khrushchev, who lived with his mother, Galina, was not married and did not have any children, his aunt said.

No funeral arrangements were announced.