Problems and Prospects in Russian Criminal Justice Since 1991

James L. Williams, Texas Woman's University
Daniel G. Rodeheaver, University of North Texas

ABSTRACT
This paper examines the state of the Russian criminal justice system in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the difficult years of the post-Soviet transition. We first review the specific impact of the collapse as well as developments during the transition period on the criminal justice system in Russia. Second, we identify and describe several specific challenges facing the Russian criminal justice system int he 21st century. Issues reviewed include the challenge of funding, participation of the criminal justice system in the transition to a "law governed state", corruption, and the threat of organized crime. The paper concludes with a discussion of prospects for addressing these organizational and systemic challenges.

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