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The Procuracy, Putin, and the Rule of Law in Russia

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Putin's relationship with the Procuracy has taken on an entirely different character than that of President El'tsin. Rather than becoming embroiled in high-level political confrontations between the Parliament and the President, the Procuracy's full investigatory and prosecutorial powers have been employed by President Putin on behalf of the State. Putin's record of supporting procuratorial handling of citizens' grievances, supervision over the conformity of law and other normative acts passed by regional bodies with federal laws and the Constitution, adherence to provisions of the new Code of Criminal Procedure, and emphasis on protecting private property and the rights of entrepreneurs offers an alternative "face", Putin, the jurist, that has largely been ignored by Western commentators and media. Putin's progressive stance on these issues is not only good news for the institutional interests of the Procuracy; more importantly, it furthers the development of rule of law in Russia.

Keywords: Boris El'tsin; Code of Criminal Procedure; Procuracy; rule of law in Russia; Vladimir Putin

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