- the declared public policy within the Soviet Union of openly and frankly discussing economic and political realities: initiated under Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985.
Origin of glasnost
Related Wordssimplicity, honesty, truthfulness, probity, sincerity, fairness, frankness, directness, veracity, impartiality, uprightness, openness, glasnost, ingenuousness, straightforwardness, guilelessness
Examples from the Web for glasnost
Of course, in Russia at that time you had just the beginning of Gorbachev, and glasnost and perestroika.How The Cold War Endgame Played Out In The Rubble Of The Berlin Wall
November 9, 2014
Still more excitingly for Cohen, glasnost included a Bukharin revival, with major support from Gorbachev himself.Meet Stephen F. Cohen, Vladimir Putin's Best Friend in the American Media
March 16, 2014
Perestroika and glasnost may have come and gone, but the hair has remained the same.Russian Politicians Flaunt '80s Style At The Kremlin
October 16, 2012
- the policy of public frankness and accountability developed in the former Soviet Union under the leadership of Mikhail gorbachev
Word Origin and History for glasnost
1972 (in reference to a letter of 1969 by Solzhenitsyn), from Russian glasnost "openness to public scrutiny," literally "publicity, fact of being public," ultimately from Old Church Slavonic glasu "voice" (see call). First used in a socio-political sense by Lenin; popularized in English after Mikhail Gorbachev used it prominently in a speech of March 11, 1985, accepting the post of general secretary of the CPSU.
The Soviets, it seems, have rediscovered the value of Lenin's dictum that "glasnost," the Russian word for openness or publicity, is a desirable form of conduct. [New York Times news service article, March 1981]