Khrushchev Thaw  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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The Khrushchev Thaw (or Khrushchev's Thaw; Template:Lang-rus or simply ottepel) refers to the period from the early 1950s to the early 1960s when repression and censorship in the Soviet Union were relaxed, and millions of Soviet political prisoners were released from Gulag labor camps due to Nikita Khrushchev's policies of de-Stalinization<ref>Joseph Stalin killer file Template:Webarchive</ref> and peaceful coexistence with other nations.

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