General of Interpreters

Viktor Sukhodrev, Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev’s personal interpreter

1932 - Born in Lithuania
1956 – Graduates French department of Institute of Foreign Languages
1956 - Joins Soviet Foreign Ministry
1959 - First visit to the US with Nikita Khrushchev
1961 - Travels to Vienna for Kennedy and Khrushchev summit
1972 - Interpreter, Brezhnev and Kissinger meeting
1983 - Deputy Head, US and Canada Department, Soviet Foreign Ministry
1989 - Special advisor to the UN General Secretary
1994 - Retires
1999 - Publishes “My Tongue, My Friend”

Today’s guest is the man who didn’t let any of the 20th century’s historic events get lost in translation. Viktor Sukhodrev is the man who was the personal interpreter of Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev, and who also interpreted for Mikhail Gorbachev, Andrey Gromyko, and other Soviet leaders during the sixties, seventies and eighties.