Editor says, what if Khrushchev removed six years earlier? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality the "Anti-Party Group", as they were dubbed by Khrushchev during speeches in his defense, did not wait to gain support from the military. Their action to remove Khrushchev was supported in the Presidium, but the meeting of the Central Committee supported him, especially Zhukov, who gave an affirming speech that the military backed Khrushchev. The political careers of Khrushchev's opponents were ended as Khrushchev went on to become Premier; Molotov was sent as ambassador to Mongolia, Malenkov was made director of a hydroelectric plant, and Kaganovich became director of a potassium factory. Later, Khrushchev would be overthrown by conservative elements in 1964 under Leonid Brezhnev. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.