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What's the origin of the word гласность?

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If glas means eye in Russian then does glasnost mean open eye[s] literally?
asked Jan 18, 2013 by ajsnyc (160 points)

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No, глаз ("glaz", eye) has nothing to do with гласность ("glasnost"), as far as I know.

The root for "glasnost" is from глас("glas", voice), which is an old pronunciation for голос ("golos").

So гласность ("glasnost") is basically when they say aloud about how the decisions are made or about the problems, not just resolve everything off-stage.
answered Jan 18, 2013 by it-ogo (18,220 points)
selected Jan 18, 2013 by ajsnyc

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