Short Lives of Codes

In theory, a code is a legal act that purports to cover a whole area of law. Codes overrule other laws, statutory instruments or court rulings. They are adopted or modified by a special procedure. The cornerstones of our legal system should be slow and difficult to change.

Alas, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. Research conducted by company Garant shows that Russian codes get changed every few weeks. All but one can’t survive a year without a modification of some sort. The Tax Code, for example, is amended every 18 days or 20 times a year. Every three months Parliament adopts new versions of the Civil and Labour Codes. The most stable is the Family Code which has managed to last unchanged for over year.