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Russia and its constitution; promise and political reality.


Russia and its constitution; promise and political reality.

Ed. by Gordon B. Smith and Robert Sharlet.

Martinus Nijhoff Publishers


206 pages



Law in Eastern Europe; no.58


Ratified in 1993 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Constitution of the Russian Federation establishes a democratic, federal state that functions according tot he rule of law and promises a broad array of rights. Whether the Constitution does what it says, however, it open to questions. In these eight essays leading thinkers evaluate the political realities, covering such topics as the problem of misplaced sovereignty and its relation to constitutionalism and accountability, the Russian Constitutional Court's long struggle for viable federalism, judge-made principles in theory and practice, whether the constitution matters in the case of freedom of the press, constitutional questions deferred in the unresolved case of the Procuracy, modern Russian political procedure in terms of the adversarial principle and the guilty plea, jury trial and adversary procedure reform, Russia's constitutional project and prospects for the future.

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