Legitimacy, Accountability and Discretion of the Russian Courts



The two decades of judicial reforms in Russia have produced a puzzling duality of judicial behavior.1 On the one hand, little has changed in the way judges handle criminal cases, as indicated by the stable pre-trial detention and acquittal rates. On the other hand, Russian judges have increasingly ruled against the federal government in cases brought by individuals and companies, something unimaginable during the Soviet period.


Criminal Case Russian Government Appellate Court Judicial Independence Pretrial Detention 
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