Modern Russian criminal procedure: The adversarial principle and guilty plea

  title={Modern Russian criminal procedure: The adversarial principle and guilty plea},
  author={Stanisław Pomorski},
  journal={Criminal Law Forum},
  • S. Pomorski
  • Published 29 September 2006
  • Law
  • Criminal Law Forum
The 1993 Constitution of the Russian Federation, Article 123(3), declares: "Judicial proceedings shall be conducted based on the principle of adversariness and equality of the parties". This very general, if vague, constitutional language should be read in the political context of the early 1990s, a period when the Soviet system of criminal justice was subject to devastating criticism by liberal, reform minded politicians and lawyers. Usage of the terms "inquisitorial" and "adversarial… 

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