noun \ˈglaz-(ˌ)nōst, ˈglas-, ˈgläz-, ˈgläs-\

Definition of GLASNOST

:  a Soviet policy permitting open discussion of political and social issues and freer dissemination of news and information

Origin of GLASNOST

Russian glasnost', literally, publicity, from glasnyĭ public, from glas voice, from Old Church Slavic glasŭ — more at call
First Known Use: 1986


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(Russian: “openness”) Soviet policy of open discussion of political and social issues. It was instituted by Mikhail Gorbachev in the late 1980s and began the democratization of the Soviet Union. Glasnost also permitted criticism of government officials and allowed the media freer dissemination of news and information. See also perestroika.


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