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. Tambov: Gramota, 2010. № 1. P. 10-18.
SCIENTIFIC AREA:    Political Science
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Kayode Omotade 
University of Ibadan
Department of European Studies

Abstract. It is a known fact that the Soviet Union was a multinational state from the Socialist Revolution of 1917 till its disintegration in December, 1991. In this context "multinationa"l meant that all Soviet citizens were defined by their nationalities which was an issue associated not only with birth, but with other critical factors such as regional boundaries, cultural traditions and native languages. Сritical conditions of the multinational composition of the former Soviet Union language became a topical issue. This paper therefore seeks to examine the central interplay of language politics and policy in the former Soviet Union as a means of advancing the homogenety of the Russians. It concludes by proffering solutions for other plural societies.
Key words and phrases: многонациональный, национальность, язык, культура, политика, Советский Союз, multinational, nationality, language, culture, politics, Soviet Union
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