Understanding the Modern Russian Police
CRC Press – 2013 – 300 pages
Outlining the policy, developments, and influence of the Russian police, this book highlights the past, present, and future of police forces in Russia. Beginning with the period prior to the revolution of 1917, the authors detail the history in chronological order from the 1864 justice reform of the Russian Empire to the democratization of the Soviet Police under "Khrushchev’s thaw." The second part of the text focuses on the present structure and identity of the Russian police, including public attitudes toward the police, corruption within it, and the role of women in the police forces. The final section of the book analyzes the implications of past policy and offers perspectives on future policy.
Part I: Evolution of Russian police, from imperial Russian police to post-Soviet Russian militia
Russian police prior to October revolution of 1917
Creation and early development of Soviet police in 1917-1930s
Further development of Soviet police: 1950-1980s
Transformation of Soviet police during the dissolution of USSR in 1990s
Part II: Current state of post-Soviet police: structure, identity and modern policy issues
Structure, functions and public mission of modern Russian police
Public attitudes towards police
Corruption in Russian police
Women in Russian police
Media and Russian police
Part III. Conclusion: Russian police: future policy implications
Kenneth Michael Reynolds is an associate professor and Olga B. Semukhina is a teaching assistant in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida.