(In the former Soviet Union) the policy or practice of more open consultative government and wider dissemination of information, initiated by leader Mikhail Gorbachev from 1985. See also perestroika.
- In recent months, the president explained, we had been hearing a great deal from the Soviet Union about a new policy of glasnost or openness.
- Gorbachev's policy of glasnost opened the way for previously repressed work to be made public.
- In the waning days of Soviet rule, discontent continued to grow and find expression under Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of glasnost.
From Russian glasnostʹ, literally 'the fact of being public', from glasnyy 'public, open' + -nostʹ '-ness'.
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