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Kseniya Sobchak, the Russian TV personality/socialite/political activist just posted this photograph on Instagram with the following caption: "Жаклин Кеннеди и Хрущева. И так- всегда и во всем ..."– Jacqueline Kennedy and Khrushcheva– Just so, always and in everything. If I am not mistaken, the picture was taken in Vienna during Nikita and Jack's meeting that culminated in the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty more than one year later.
Sobchak's followers were divided in their reactions to the photograph. Some of them agreed with her assessment. "Russia" always was and will continue to be portly, unpolished, unsophisticated. "America" will always be a symbol of style, elegance, and class. Several people mentioned this picture embarrassed them. Others were offended and felt the caption was unnecessarily harsh. Several women pointed out that at the time the picture was taken, Nina Khruscheva was twice Jacqueline's age AND spoke several languages and was fairly educated and very erudite.
As a great admirer of Jacqueline, as I look at this picture, I still find myself rooting for Nina. It must have taken a lot of guts to stand poised next to a beauty queen and smile so pleasantly. I wish I knew what she wrote in her diary that night but I also suspect that she didn't keep one to begin with.
What's your response to this image? Also, do you know much about Nina? I am finding very little info about her online.