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Glasnost is the word associated with Perestroika times. This was the new policy of openness, publicity, freedom of information introduced by Michail Gorbachev in the late 1980s. The term "glasnost" comes from the archaic word "glas' that means 'the voice".
There's an old Soviet joke about the freedom of speech. It was invented by the writer Boris Polevoj:
 American and Soviet journalists are arguing about the Freedom of Speech. The American says, " I could stand in front of the White House in Washington D.C and yell 'President Truman is a full!' and nothing would be done to me. The Russian replies, " We also have the freedom of speech. I could stand in the middle of Red Square and shout 'President Truman is a full!' and nothing will be done to me either."


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