This book explores the issue of selective law enforcement, arguing that the manipulation of the legal system by powerful insiders is a distinctive feature of Putinism, reflecting both its hybrid authoritarianism and Russian legal culture. Based on extensive research including interviews with the victims of selective law enforcement, the book analyses how selective law enforcement works in Russia, discusses the link between law and power, and relates the Russian situation to examples from elsewhere and to general legal theories and ideas of political hybridity.
Table of Contents
Part I: Law and Power in Russian Politics
Chapter 1. Law and power in authoritarian regimes. Research and perspectives
Chapter 2. The Russian legal tradition
Chapter 3. The creation of a new quasi-legal order
Chapter 4. The politico-legal duality of Putinism, Part II: Selective Law Enforcement in Theory and Practice
Chapter 5. Selective law enforcement as a mechanism enforcing informal rules
Chapter 6. Three issue areas of controversy
Chapter 7. A legal minefield: The role of laws in selective law enforcement
Chapter 8. Perceptions about political interference
Chapter 9. The impact of quasi-legal repression
Håvard Bækken (b. 1983), obtained a PhD in Russian Area Studies from the University of Oslo (UiO) in 2014. Bækken has been working as a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and guest researcher at the Norwegian University Centre in St. Petersburg and the EU–Russia Centre in Brussels. He has taught Russian politics and history at the Institute of Literature, Area-Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at UiO, and Russian language at the Nansen Academy. Håvard Bækken has earlier publications on issues of law, power, and quasi-legal practices in Russia, as well as on resurgent state patriotism and ‘patriotic education’ in the same country.