The five essays by Soviet environmental law specialists published in this volume of the Pace Environmental Law Review provide insights into the contemporary debate in the USSR about how to protect nature. Before commenting on each essay, it is useful to sketch out the problems which the Soviet Union is encountering as it struggles to cope with its substantial pollution and widespread natural resource misuse.
Nicholas A. Robinson, Soviet Environmental Protection: The Challenge for Legal Studies, 7 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 117 (1989), available at http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/383/.