Definition of glasnost in US English:



  • (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.

    • ‘Painfully aware of the contradiction between the policy of glasnost and the party's handling of the Chernobyl crisis, Gorbachev at last acted.’
    • ‘The Solidarity movement, glasnost, and perestroika contributed to the European political transition of the 1990s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chaotic history of the Soviet Union in the next few years, when glasnost and perestroika were offered simultaneously, suggests that China's leaders may have had some reason on their side.’
    • ‘Outside the Soviet Union, perestroika and glasnost spread among people who were resentful of Soviet domination and worried about economic collapse.’
    • ‘In later life, further truths were uncovered following Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost.’
    • ‘In contrast to the many depressed voices on the left, for the first time since the days of perestroika and glasnost, I find politics not only interesting but exciting.’
    • ‘This was the inspirational leader who instigated glasnost and perestroika, and who, through frank talks with Reagan, brokered a new trust with the West.’
    • ‘In the waning days of Soviet rule, discontent continued to grow and find expression under Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of glasnost.’
    • ‘It was his first time back in 53 years, and we were there to press for the rehabilitation of Trotsky and Serge in the glory days of glasnost and perestroika.’
    • ‘He ushered in new policies - glasnost and perestroika to help resuscitate Communism.’
    • ‘The reform process known as perestroika and glasnost took off slowly in the Ukraine.’
    • ‘Official records, opened in 1990 when glasnost was still in vogue, show that Stalin had every intention of treating the Poles as political prisoners.’
    • ‘Gorbachev's policy of glasnost opened the way for previously repressed work to be made public.’
    • ‘At the time of glasnost and perestroika, the emerging leaders belonged to the writers union.’
    • ‘Second, when glasnost and perestroika hit the Soviet bloc, the standard of living in Communist countries had never been better.’
    • ‘In one dramatic gesture, Gorbachev broke with the policies of the Brezhnev era and unleashed a new program of glasnost.’
    • ‘If glasnost encouraged more open political discussion, perestroika or, restructuring, implied that major economic reform would be introduced to sort out the economic legacy of central planning.’
    • ‘He publicly praised the perestroika and glasnost policy but confidentially criticised ‘unacceptable concessions’ and ‘power surrender’.’
    • ‘He wasn't seen as a rebellious American any more, simply part of the establishment that was being swept away by glasnost and perestroika.’


From Russian glasnostʹ, literally ‘the fact of being public’, from glasnyy ‘public, open’ + -nostʹ ‘-ness’.