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Recent Examples of glasnost from the Web
Jews were fleeing to the West by the thousands then, fearing that the antisemitic sinkhole created by glasnost would soon swallow them.
In 1987, even amid the glasnost thaw, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer broke a story that Soviet submarines — using intelligence garnered from the spy ring formed by John Walker — had penetrated the Strait of Juan de Fuca through the 1980s.
Most of all, the final season introduces the final stages of the Soviet Union, characterized by the glasnost policies of Mikhail Gorbachev that led to the end of the Cold War.
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).
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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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