Soviet Union: Crime and Punishment in Soviet Union: Soviet Ministry of Justice Campaign to Propagate Knowledge of the Law


A file of correspondence and reports concerning crime in the Soviet Union. The documents cover a new Soviet campaign designed to propagate knowledge of the law; lectures delivered at Soviet institutions on socialist legislation and the role of the Ministry of Justice in strengthening law and order; and a lecture at the London School of Economics, delivered by a Soviet dissident now living in Israel, on how to use Soviet law to defend one's human rights. The file also covers a war crimes trial that passed death sentences on two defendants who had already served ten years in jail; reports of an attempted airplane hijacking in Turkestan; and the passing of death sentences for economic crimes, with one defendant sentenced after making illegal sales of material to a collective farm.
human rights corruption crime capital punishment law trials soviet union war crimes hijacking government ministries Dissent, Resistance, and Human Rights Populations and Social Policy Soviet government
Collection ID
Department Reference
ENS 14/1
Document Type
Correspondence Reports
File Reference
FCO 28/1600
Published in
United Kingdom
Subject Countries
Soviet Union
Dissent, Resistance, and Human Rights Populations and Social Policy

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