History suggests that when power changes hands in Russia, it often involves bloodshed.
History now sees former Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev as something of a liberal reformer.
Unusually for a Russian, Khrushchev lived on after being ousted, and died a natural death.
His granddaughter, Nina Khrushcheva is a professor of international affairs in New York.
We spoke to her and asked what she thinks her grandfather would have made of recent events.