The Impact of European Union Law on the Russian Legal System: A Comparative Analysis
The issue of legal rapprochement between Russia and the European Union is extremely controversial. Russia has done much to bring its domestic law closer to European Union law, using European Union experience with institutional and legal construction. Not merely individual norms, but entire segments of the acquis communautaire became organic parts of Russian law. In a number of respects, the system of Russian law and that of Member States of the European Union differ little from one another. When the United Kingdom leaves the European Union entirely at the end of 2020, all Member States (except Cyprus, Ireland and Malta) will generally belong to a single family of Romano-Germanic law. However, public opinion in the European Union and in the expert and business communities are not very aware of this. Following the official authorities and the bulk of the establishment, they adhere to a dishonestly invented ideological construct about a deep chasm in values between Russia and the European Union, which, in fact, has nothing to do with reality of institutional construction, legal regulation, or law enforcement in Russia.