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Trafficking JusticeHow Russian Police Enforce New Laws, from Crime to Courtroom$
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Lauren A. McCarthy

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453892

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453892.001.0001

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Law Enforcement’s Institutional Machinery and the Criminal Process

Law Enforcement’s Institutional Machinery and the Criminal Process

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(p.83) 3 Law Enforcement’s Institutional Machinery and the Criminal Process
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Trafficking Justice
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Lauren A. McCarthy

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453892.003.0004

This chapter describes Russia’s four law enforcement agencies: the police (Ministerstvo vnutrennykh del, MVD), the Procuracy (Prokuratura), the Federal Security Service (Federal’naia sluzhba bezopasnosti, FSB), and the Investigative Committee. Each agency is responsible for different aspects of investigating and prosecuting criminal activities as outlined by the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). All of them are organized hierarchically into three territorial levels. The local (raion) agents answer to their regional (sub’’ekt) superiors who answer to the federal-level agency heads. Law enforcement agents do not answer to anyone outside their agencies, except for the courts and the Procuracy under its powers of general oversight.

Keywords:   MVD, Procuracy, Federal Security Service, Investigative Committee, raion, sub’’ekt, federal-level agency, law enforcement agencies

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