Criminal Procedure: The Comrades & Their Courts

One of Communism's proudest boasts is that Soviet law has eliminated the inequalities of Western-style jurisprudence and established a fairer system of justice. Evidence to corroborate the claim is almost nonexistent. What the visitor to a Soviet courtroom finds, says a lanky young American visitor named George Feifer, is not fairness but blatantly biased procedures that stack the deck against a criminal defendant.

A Harvard graduate ('56) who learned Russian as a naval officer, Feifer spent 1962 as a law student at Moscow State University. Making firsthand observations, from neighborhood courts to the appellate level, he sat in on scores...

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