Academic journal article Demokratizatsiya

Editor's Introduction to the Summer 2003 Issue

Academic journal article Demokratizatsiya

Editor's Introduction to the Summer 2003 Issue

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As this issue of Demokratizatsiya goes to press, Colonel Yuri Budanov, accused of kidnapping and murdering a Chechen woman, Kheda Kungaeva, in March 2000 in a fit of rage, was sentenced to ten years in a maximum security prison. Budanov, the first and most senior Russian officer to go on trial for human rights abuses was found guilty of these charges by a military court in southern Russia. This is one example of the ways in which new criminal procedures adopted one year ago are beginning to be applied to crimes, such as abuses of human rights, that would not have been pursued in the past. It is the gradual progress made in the arena of legal reform that is the focus of this issue of Demokratizatsiya.

Analyses of civil and criminal legal reforms in Russia by several leading Western and Eurasian scholars will cover federal and local jurisdictions. Two views of the difficulties in implementing Putin's federal reforms are presented by Robert Sharlet and Gordon Hahn. Kathryn Hendley examines commercial disputes in arbitrazh courts, Peter Solomon Jr. …

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