(PIX11) – In her Manhattan apartment, Nina Khrushcheva has memorabilia of Nikita Khrushchev, the former communist leader of the Soviet Union — but to her it’s personal.
“He said its not for sale because it said come in and browse around but if Khrushchev would have walked in I would have sold it to him, and I said here I am!” Nina said.
Khrushchev is her grandfather.
He died when she was seven. Because of him, she spent her life studying Russian politics.
Now an international affairs professor at the New School, she’s watching closely what’s unfolding.
When asked if it looks like the relations between Russia and the US are deteriorating, Nina said, “They are, they have been for a while in fact.”
Recently, a number of bars in New York City threw out their Russian vodka in protest of anti-gay laws in the country.
Now, Russia is granting temporary asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Khrushcheva said we must look at history. There are cases where the U.S. did not grant extradition when Russia wanted it. “I can tell you Putin despises Snowden because he is a security analyst who betrayed security,” Nina said.
“The relationship slightly chilly. There’s no Cold War going on. There’s no more one superpower versus another superpower,” she added.
President Obama has cancelled a visit to Moscow for talks with Russian President Putin, leaving many to wonder how far it will go.
“It is going to resolve itself. I mean what else they going to do? Look at the Cuban missile crisis,” Nina said.