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Everyday Law in Russia

Kathryn Hendley


This book challenges the prevailing common wisdom that Russians cannot rely on their law and that Russian courts are hopelessly politicized and corrupt. While acknowledging the persistence of verdicts dictated by the Kremlin in politically charged cases, the text explores how ordinary Russian citizens experience law. Relying on extensive observational research in Russia's new justice-of-the-peace courts as well as analysis of a series of focus groups, the book documents Russians' complicated attitudes regarding law. It shows that Russian judges pay close attention to the law in mundane dispute ... More

Keywords: disputes, justice-of-the-peace courts, law, rule of law, Russia, judicial process

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501705243
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Hendley, author
University of Bath