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Glasnost is the Russian term for ‘openness’. This term was introduced as a policy in the Soviet Union in the second half on the 1980s by Mikhail Gorbachev, who called for increased transparency and openness in government institutions and activities within the Soviet Union. Glasnost also permitted criticism of government officials and allowed the media freer dissemination of news and information. Glasnost produced revelations about Soviet history, especially about former General Secretary Stalin’s purges and other previously classified activities that had a devastating effect on people within the Soviet Union who had faith in Communism and had never been exposed to this information.

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