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The Russkaia Pravda

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This chapter focuses on Russkaia Pravda (RP) from a specifically legal perspective, involving such aspects as legal theory, legal history and anthropology. The Short Pravda consists of two main parts, the Oldest Pravda or Pravda of Iaroslav, and the Pravda of Iaroslav's Sons, plus a few minor enactments. It provides a brief overview on Expanded Pravda. Procedural arrangements represent the second main cluster of rules which make up the Pravda of Iaroslav. The Zakon russkii, Russian custom or customary law, has been referred to above in connection with the Russo-Byzantine treaties of the 10th century. It is generally assumed that such unwritten law would have been the most important component of the Oldest Pravda. The entire history of the RP in its subsequent chronological layers illustrates the complexity which the process of emerging law may display.

Keywords: procedural arrangements; Russkaia Pravda; Zakon russkii



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