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Democratization is out of the question: perestroika and glasnost are Putin’s nightmares.
It was wielded by the glasnost reformers like a sword, delivering the final blows against a regime that had lost its legitimacy.
At night, the majestic architect lights up like a glittering glasnost theme park.
His programs of glasnost, or openness, and perestroika, economic restructuring, changed Russian society.
The Soviet Union came out of its myth of closed markets in 1985 under Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness).
Communist party leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s policies of perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness) signaled a massive shift in ideology and economy that eventually led to the dissolution of the Soviet government.
Ms. Ratushinskaya’s release occurred during Gorbachev’s program of glasnost, or openness, following pressure from her husband and from human rights organizations such as International PEN and Amnesty International.
Some adore him for introducing perestroika, or restructuring, combined with glasnost, or openness, which together helped to jettison the worst repressions of the Communist system.
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Did You Know?
Glasnost' wasn't coined by former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, but he was responsible for catapulting the word into the international media and the English vocabulary. The term derives from the Russian adjective "glasnyi," which means "public" and which itself traces to "glas," a root meaning "voice." In Russian, "glasnost" was originally used (as long ago as the 18th century) in the general sense of "publicity," and the Oxford English Dictionary reports that V.I. Lenin used it in the context of freedom of information in the Soviet state. However, it wasn't until Gorbachev declared it a public policy in the mid-1980s that "glasnost" became widely known and used in English.
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