This is an informative and sympathetic view of the court system in Soviet Russia. There are stories told to illustrate the ways the courts worked. These include local murders, a mountain climbing incident and an Englishman who flew a small plane into Russia to get his lady love. There are looks at the various ways that justice was carried out including "correctional labor camps." It is a fascinating look at the Soviet justice system as of 1957, when it was originally published in Moscow.