Since last fall we have been inundated with a constant bombardment of stories in cable news, on the Internet, and in newspapers about the possibility of the Russians colluding in our presidential election, hacking Hillary Clinton’s emails, and influencing members of the Trump administration, etc., etc., ad nauseam.
I recently came across a cartoon in The Daily Signal by Michael Ramirez to illustrate the point.
The cartoon was entitled “The Russian Investigation,” and pictured Attorney General Jeff Sessions seated at a Congressional hearing, being asked the following questions:
Do you know where Russia is on a map?
Do you like Russian dressing?
Have you ever been to the Russian Tea Room?
Ever played Russian roulette?
Ever drink Russian vodka?
Have you seen “From Russia with Love?”
Have you ever been to an event where a Russian was attending?
You get the idea!
Since all things Russian are now in our consciousness, I decided to extend the Russian theme to legal research. What follows is a brief introductory guide to Russian legal resources.
- Foreign Law Guide (Electronic resource): Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World. Thomas Reynolds, Arturo Flores
- Library of Congress: Legal Research Guide: Russia
- GlobaLex: Guide to Legal Research in Russia
- GlobaLex: Guide to Legal Research in Russian Material on Russian Federation Law in English
- Russia: A Country Study (LLMC Digital)
- University of Iowa Law School Library Research Guide: Russia: Getting Started
- Law and Legal system of the Russian Federation by William Burnham, et al., 5th ed., 2012
- A Legal Guide to Doing Business in Russia & the Former Republics of the U.S.S.R. edited by Aviva Yakren, 2000
- Russian Law by William E. Butler, 2009
- Russian Legal Theory by William E. Butler, 1996
- The World Fact Book, 2016-17
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