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The Rule of Law in Russia in a European Context

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The new internationalisation of law in Russia and other former Soviet states can be seen as a natural result and outgrowth of the efforts of the last decade. The new legal system is, by and large, in place. The politico-legal chaos of the El'tsin years has mostly been cleared up. Russia can now ask itself where it stands and what it aspires to. Parallel to the image of Russia as perceived by the Russian leadership, there prevails at present a particular view of Russia in Western public opinion and among Western political actors, especially governments. It is a view which is based on the legal status quo: Russia is to be regarded as an ordinary European country, a member of the Council of Europe and other clubs of which self-respecting countries are members, a country that asserts, in its Constitution, to be democratic and devoted to the Rule of Law.

Keywords: Boris El'tsin; European Union; internationalisation of law; rule of law; Russia



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