Ruling Russia: Law, Crime, and Justice in a Changing Society

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Law, crime, and justice are among the most salient issues in any country. This is especially true for a transitional nation like Russia that is facing tremendous social, political, and economic changes, many of which create conditions conducive to crime. These ongoing changes have had profound effects on every major social institution in the country, and the transition from totalitarianism and a command economy toward rule of law and a free market is resulting in shifts in fundamental cultural values. In this environment, governmental agencies are often left without a clear mission, especially given their sometimes dubious roles during the Soviet era, and are rarely provided with the resources necessary to fulfill the difficult duties that are so vital to a functional democracy. This volume, with chapters by highly respected scholars in several disciplines, provides a comprehensive sourcebook of scholarly analysis of the effects of these changes on legal developments and rule of law in Russia, its changing patterns and nature of crime, and its criminal justice system.

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Editorial Reviews

A mine of information about the evolution of crime and the justice system in Russia over the past fifteen years. . . . Highly recommended.
Stanford Journal Of International Law
A brave attempt to synthesize many important themes and topics into one volume.... The volume as a whole is rewarding.
International Criminal Justice Review
A comprehensive look at Russian society in flux as reflected in the development of the law, crime, and judicial reform.
— Thomas S. Pearson
A mine of information about the evolution of crime and the justice system in Russia over the past fifteen years. . . . Highly recommended.
Sergei Khruschev
This book shows how hard the transition from dictatorship to democracy really is. It is not just a transition from seventy years of communism but from more than one thousand years of Russia's past.
International Criminal Justice Review - Thomas S. Pearson
A comprehensive look at Russian society in flux as reflected in the development of the law, crime, and judicial reform.
Slavic Review, (Fall 2006) - Peter B. Maggs
Pridemore has provided a great service to the English-speaking reader interested in crime and punishment in today's Russia.
Timothy J. Colton
This collection provides a wealth of analysis and food for thought on one of the most puzzling problems in Russia's post-communist transition. The huge increase in crime rates after the collapse of the Soviet system was a challenge to the new regime and is an intellectual challenge to us all. As the chapters in the volume show, in a variety of ways, building rule of law and rebuilding the state are as complex and many-sided a task as the more oft-studied processes of moving to market economics and democratic forms of government.
October 2008 Seer
This collection is an ambitious undertaking....This is a collection with a broad remit, and succeeds in providing a comprehensive and insightful overview.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742536753
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

William Alex Pridemore is associate professor of criminal justice at Indiana University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Law, Crime, and Justice in Transitional Russia Part 2 Law Chapter 3 Presidential Power: The Struggle for Hegemony Chapter 4 Russian Political Parties, the Duma, and the Welfare State Chapter 5 The Creation of an Independent Judiciary and the Changing Nature of Courts and the Courtroom Chapter 6 The Criminal Procedure Code of 2001: Will It Make Russian Justice More Fair? Part 7 Crime Chapter 8 Flex Organizing and the Clan-State: Perspectives on Crime and Corruption in the New Russia Chapter 9 Patterns of Violent Crime in Russia Chapter 10 Violence against Women in Russia Chapter 11 Russia's Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking: Efficient Crime Groups versus Irresolute Societies and Uncoordinated States Chapter 12 The Ugly Side of Capitalism and Democracy: The Development of the Illegal Drug Market in Post-Soviet Russia Part 13 Justice Chapter 14 Injecting Drug Use and HIV: Harm Reduction Programs and the Russian Legal System Chapter 15 Juvenile Crime and Justice in Post-Soviet Russia Chapter 16 Policing in Post-Soviet Russia Chapter 17 The Russian Correctional System during the Transition Chapter 18 Conclusion: Whither Russia: Transition or Turmoil?

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