Meant to counteract decades of Russificationâ€”the promotion of Russian identity over indigenous culture during the imperial periodâ€”korenizatsiya was a Soviet policy that involved encouraging citizens to become literate and educated in the languages of their people and promoting members of the ethnic elite to positions of power. The policy began in the 1920s under Vladimir Lenin, who used it to spread communism. Who was the young revolutionary who conceived the policyâ€”and later opposed it?
Robert Louis Stevenson
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The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit open-access scientific publishing project aimed at creating a library of scientific journals and other scientific literature under an open content license. All of the content of PLoS journals is published under the Creative Commons "attribution" license. What Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine helped found PLoS?
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The first female prime minister of Great Britain, Thatcher served longer than any other British prime minister in the 20th century. She is noted for policies that dismantled many aspects of Britain's postwar welfare state and privatized many state-run industries. By 1990, interest rates had risen to 15%, undermining her core voting base and contributing, along with internal party disputes over the poll tax and European integration, to her 1992 retirement. Why was she called the "Iron Lady"?