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Glasnost

A policy to increase the transparency of the government of the Soviet Union. Glasnost was instituted in the late 1980s, relaxing censorship of the media and permitting greater freedom of speech. It made public many of the atrocities committed under Joseph Stalin and the dilapidation of many aspects of Soviet life. Some historians see this loosening of state policy as one of the causes of the fall of the Soviet Union. See also: Perestroika.