Press: Testing Glasnost's Boundaries

Soviet editors find new rules exciting -- and confusing

For the Soviet Union it was a case of the unthinkable becoming reality: Glasnost, a 55-page unauthorized journal of comment whose editor had served nine years in prison for his dissident views, was being allowed to circulate freely. In a country for so long enmeshed in secrecy, a publication openly printing what it pleased was certain to be quashed. In early August the paper Vechernaya Moskva (Evening Moscow) accused the new journal of waving "anti- Soviet banners." The future for Glasnost and its editor, Sergei Grigoryants, looked bleak indeed.

But nothing has happened. Glasnost, like Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of...

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