Authors: Aleksey Anisimov, Anatoliy Ryzhenkov

Environmental Law in the Russian Federation

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ISBN: 978-981-5049-17-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-5049-16-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2022
DOI: 10.2174/97898150491691220101


Environmental Law in the Russian Federation presents a comprehensive textbook on the current state of environmental legislation of the Russian Federation. The textbook is divided into three sections that are ordered for an increasing level of specialization in the subject.

- The first section (General Part) gives a definition of environmental law, formulates its principles and considers the sources of environmental law and legal relations. Readers will learn about the issues related to the ownership of natural resources, the legal framework and specifics of environmental protection and management, and associated human and civil rights. The distinguishing features of economic regulation in the area of environmental protection as well as issues of responsibility for environmental offenses are also covered.

- The second section (Special Part) sets forth the main environmental requirements for certain types of economic and other human activities and the specifics of environmental protection in areas with a special environmental legal regime (specially protected areas and ecological disaster zones). Chapters in this section consider the main areas of protection of certain natural objects (water, forests, land, etc.).

- The third section (Specialized Part) clarifies the main areas of international cooperation in the field of environmental protection and considers the main characteristics of the environmental protection experience of other countries.

The textbook is an essential reference for law and business students in Russian schools. It is also of interest to entrepreneurs planning ventures in Russia and researchers involved in comparative legal analysis.


This textbook is written on the basis of a course of lectures given by the authors at Russian higher education institutions. This textbook includes all necessary sections reflecting the fundamental institutions of Russian environ-mental law.

The general part of the textbook deals with issues of the subject of envi-ronmental law, its systems, environmental human and civil rights, and clarifies the peculiarities and functions of environmental management in Russia, the regulation of environmental protection, and issues of the liability for commit-ted environmental offences.

The special part deals with environmental requirements to certain types of activity (in agriculture, transport, waste management, etc.), the peculiarities of protection of some natural objects (water, forests, land, etc.), and the proce-dure for creation of specially protected natural areas (national parks, natural monuments, etc.). Particular attention is paid to protecting environmentally disadvantaged areas (ecological disaster zones) affected by human economic activity.

The specialized part deals with issues of international environmental co-operation as well as the peculiarities of environmental legislation of certain countries of the world (Kazakhstan, Belarus, USA, China).

The textbook will be of interest in terms of scientific studies and can be used in the educational process by students taking courses in comparative law and comparative environmental law. In addition, the book contains infor-mation about the scope of environmental requirements, prohibitions, and re-strictions that can be useful to representatives of commercial organizations planning business in Russia and to public environmental associations intend-ing to implement joint projects with representatives of Russian civil society in Russia.

While writing this textbook, the authors tried not to limit themselves to retelling Russian environmental legislation but to show the complexity and consistency of environmental problems, their universality for all countries of the world, to generalize the valuable experience of other countries, which can be useful for the Russian legislator. In its turn, Russian environmental law con-tains a number of successful rule-making decisions that can be of interest to legislative bodies of various countries of the world.


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The author declares no conflict of interest, financial or otherwise.


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Aleksey Anisimov
Professor of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Law
Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL)
Doctor of juridical sciences

Parteek Prasher
Professor of the Department of Civil and International Private Law
Volgograd State University
Doctor of juridical sciences


Anatoliy Ryzhenkov
Professor of the Department of Civil Law and Procedure
Kalmyk State University
doctor of Juridical Sciences, and Honored Scientist of the Republic of Kalmykia