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Entrepreneurs, human right activists and the «dictatorship of the law» in Russia

di Gilles Favarel Garrigues
in Memoria e Ricerca n.s. 32 (2009), p. 9

Human right activists and entrepreneurs have been involved in the late 1980’s in advocating common causes about the necessity to change Soviet law-enforcement policy. This paper deals with the formation of the very first coalition in this field, gathering some former dissents, some pioneers of Soviet capitalism and some jurists willing to reform the legal system. It emphasizes the tensions within these coalitions by focusing on a particular association, “The Society of Defence of Convicted Managers and Economic Freedom”. The evolution of this association in the early 1990’s gives some historical ground to a broader discussion about the management of capitalism in post-Soviet Russia.