Understanding the Modern Russian Police

By Kenneth Michael Reynolds, Olga B. Semukhina

© 2013 – CRC Press

300 pages

About the Book

Outlining the policy, developments, and influence of the Russian police, this book highlights the past, present, and future of police forces in Russia. Beginning with the period prior to the revolution of 1917, the authors detail the history in chronological order from the 1864 justice reform of the Russian Empire to the democratization of the Soviet Police under "Khrushchev’s thaw." The second part of the text focuses on the present structure and identity of the Russian police, including public attitudes toward the police, corruption within it, and the role of women in the police forces. The final section of the book analyzes the implications of past policy and offers perspectives on future policy.

Table of Contents

Part I: Evolution of Russian police, from imperial Russian police to post-Soviet Russian militia

Russian police prior to October revolution of 1917

Creation and early development of Soviet police in 1917-1930s

Further development of Soviet police: 1950-1980s

Transformation of Soviet police during the dissolution of USSR in 1990s

Part II: Current state of post-Soviet police: structure, identity and modern policy issues

Structure, functions and public mission of modern Russian police

Public attitudes towards police

Corruption in Russian police

Women in Russian police

Media and Russian police

Part III. Conclusion: Russian police: future policy implications

About the Authors

Kenneth Michael Reynolds is an associate professor and Olga B. Semukhina is a teaching assistant in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration