Special: Law and Order!

Greetings, Comrades!

This episode, quite probably, is the closest we’ll ever get to being a true crime podcast. You see, we acquired the Soviet criminal code. With comments. Educational edition. So, to have a break from doing our narrative episodes, we decided to do this. But, you see, comrades, reading this book is like staring into the eye of madness itself. There might be laws in these books, but there is no order. Oh, and everyone’s a criminal. And corruption is, essentially, de facto supported, encouraged and, if you think about how things are, simply inevitable. So, we threw out what script we had prepared, called my little brother – otherwise, he was very lonely this Easter, as his wife and kid is in the countryside, opened a beer and tried to make some sense of all of this. This is a chill episode, as…well, going easy, and with dark humour was literally the only way how to cover this actually very dark and serious subject. Enjoy!

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3 Comments on Special: Law and Order!

  1. Hum, I was researching a typical US scandal of the day and it brought me back to this episode. FYI the incident is here http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/what-tenn-teacher-accused-of-kidnapping-teen-did-on-run/ about a not so nice teacher and his way too close relationship to a student. It is, because the teacher crossed state line, what is called a “Federal Case” so nice FBI captured not so nice teacher. But what interested me was this: “federal crime of knowingly transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in sexual activity.” Hello, a real law that is enforced by nice men of the FBI. To whit

    Title 18. Crimes and Criminal Procedure
    § 2423

    18 U.S.C. § 2423 – U.S. Code – Unannotated Title 18. Crimes and Criminal Procedure § 2423. Transportation of minors.

    Yes, there is such a thing. Please note the 18 USC at the front, I think this means the 18 volume or some such of Federal law, or code. USC is United States Code. And that is something else about glorious Soviet Law, the best in the world.

    I was stunned that there was only one book that provided “interpretation” so to speak. I kind of surprised by the scattershot way it was interpreted, squeezing in disparate items right next to each other.


    I would guess that the US code is a bit tighter in some aspects than the old Soviet Code. But in matters of espionage and secrecy it’s probably every bit as bad.

  2. Now that your homeland is free of the Russian/Soviet yoke, how have you “corrected” or “reformed” the laws from the Soviet era? Or did the politicians make a botch of it?(As they are wont to do.

    • Oh, that’s an interesting one. For the most part, I do have to say that our politicians are…well…incompetent, to put it mildly. But yeah, we basically adopted a lot from the laws we had as an independent nation in the interwar period.

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