Nikita Khrushchev was leader of the Soviet Union from 1953-1964 after the death of former leader Joseph Stalin. Though he didn't hold Irina Spalko in as high regard as Stalin had, Khrushchev gave her his blessing to scour the globe for artifacts with paranormal military applications.
In 1957, Khrushchev was premier of the USSR. Irina Spalko was aware that Khrushchev was not as interested in psychism to the extent that his predecessor, Joseph Stalin, had been but was confident that the Crystal Skull of Akator would change his mind.
That year, Marshall College students held a protest against Communism, during which they carried signs containing caricatures of Khrushchev. Mutt Williams and Indiana Jones drove by motorcycle through the protest while being chased by Soviet agents in a car. The protesters' signs got caught on the car's windshield, blinding the driver, and causing the car to crash into a statue of a former dean of the college.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Pictured only) (Placard)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull junior novel (Mentioned only)
- Unquiet Voices - Russian Writers and the State (Non-fiction source)
- Indiana Jones Timelines – History Timeline