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.

chapter |20 pages


part 21I|2 pages

Law and power in Russian politics

chapter 1|18 pages

Law and power in authoritarian regimes

Research and perspectives

chapter 2|22 pages

The Russian legal tradition

chapter 3|24 pages

The creation of a new quasi-legal order

chapter 4|18 pages

The politico-legal duality of Putinism

part 105II|2 pages

Selective law enforcement in theory and practice

chapter 6|29 pages

Three issue areas of controversy

chapter 7|22 pages

A legal minefield

The role of laws in selective law enforcement

chapter 8|22 pages

Perceptions about political interference

chapter 9|15 pages

The impact of quasi-legal repression

chapter |6 pages

Concluding remarks