Is there a legal system in the Soviet Union, and if so, what is its role in post-Stalin Soviet society? The Soviet Legal System for the first time makes it possible for a lawyer or law teacher to plunge directly into a very rich collection of translations of case decisions, statutes and doctrinal commentary. Even without a background in Soviet studies, the authors' valuable commentary and the reader's own legal training should make it possible for him to evaluate the material presented. With the help of the new edition of Fainsod's How Russia Is Ruled he can see the development in the new Russia of a role for "legal" regulation, and the part it plays in the post-Stalin ordering of Soviet society.
Gray, Whitmore. Review of The Soviet Legal System, by J. Hazard and I. Shapiro, and How Russia Is Ruled, by M. Fainsod. U. Chi. L. Rev. 31 (1964): 417-25.