Russian Legal Culture and the Rule of Law

  title={Russian Legal Culture and the Rule of Law},
  author={Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter},
  journal={Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History},
  pages={61 - 70}
  • E. Wirtschafter
  • Published 22 February 2006
  • History
  • Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History
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