Soviet Literature - Glasnost’

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Glasnost’, a word with the original meaning of “giving voice to” (Old Church Slavonic glas, modern Russian golos), was the name given to the policy of cultural and journalistic “openness” – by implication, at least, the freedom to publish, to criticise and to expose past failings – introduced by Mikhail Gorbachev into the Soviet Union sooon after his 1985 assumption of power. It thus signified the gradual (though rather rapidly gradual) breaking of taboos.

The period from 1982 to 1985, following the death of Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev, saw the brief leadership interregna of Andropov and Chernenko. These years saw the last t…

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Citation: Cornwell, Neil. "Soviet Literature - Glasnost’". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 September 2005 [, accessed 28 May 2023.]

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