UC Law SF International Law Review


Jason D. Kaune


After the collapse of the Soviet Union, U.S. experts have attempted to assist the Russian Federation in developing legal means to control and regulate lobbying. Faced with rampant corruption and the lack of a democratic tradition, the Russian government must address questions concerning lobbying that have troubled the United States for decades.

Mr. Kaune analyzes the 1995 attempt to export the U.S. model of regulating business-government contracts through a Russian federal law on lobbying. Although that attempt failed, the effort provides a number of lessons about both lobbying in Russia and relations between Russia and the United States.