Glasnost


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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.
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"Glasnost Festival is one of our favourite events of the year," says event co-ordinator, Sam Holland.
For me, the most interesting example of this is the Glasnost era that began in 1985.
Iran's progressive forces have not abandoned their struggle for democracy and human rights and the flames of their own glasnost now encircle a regime that has reached a dead end.
He does this by offering fresh readings of many of the most important Russian (and Georgian and Armenian) movies from the mid-1980s on, pictures ranging from Tengiz Abuladze's glasnost blockbuster Repentance (Pokaianie/Monanieba, 1984) to Sergei Loznitsa's cerebral documentary on the siege of Leningrad, The Blockade (Blokada, 2006).
"I stood at the source of Glasnost and freedom of press, religion, political pluralism in the Soviet Union, and my position remains the same.
But with the advent of glasnost and the increasing availability in the East of authentic American rock records, Reed's fans defected en masse.
Over the years it has been reported in various media outlets that in 1989, Mikail Gorbachev told the Politburo: "Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about glasnost and perestroika and democracy in the coming years.
I've never heard anyone slur the word Glasnost before, have you?
COVENTRY BEES are to do their bit for glasnost by recruiting a Russian rider for the first time in their history.
When we saw Gorbachev come along with glasnost and perestroika and we watched the end of the Soviet Union.
When he was the leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 until its demise in 1991, he introduced the ideas of glasnost (transparency and openness) and perestroika (the restructuring of the Soviet society and economy), concepts that brought about historic changes in his country.