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The Russian Justice System in the Dark


Though 20 years have passed since the birth of post-Soviet Russia, citizens still look at institutions of power as controlling their judicial system. They defer to authority and laws they might not agree rather than risk taking on an  adversarial state they're convinced has rigged both justice and judges. An anachronistic view of what law means is partly to blame. So is poor legal training. Unless Russia is willing to overhaul the system, putting a premium on the value of private property, little is likely to change.

Though 20 years have passed since the birth of post-Soviet Russia, citizens still look at institutions of power as controlling their judicial system. They defer to authority and laws they might not agree rather than risk taking on an  adversarial state they’re convinced has rigged both justice and judges. An anachronistic view of what law means is partly to blame. So is poor legal training. Unless Russia is willing to overhaul the system, putting a premium on the value of private property, little is likely to change.

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