Is Russian Pravda a monument of church law?
For more than two and a half centuries, Russkaya Pravda (Rus' Justice), a collection of legal norms of medieval Russia, remains an object of close attention and study of Russian and foreign scientists. During this time, a thorough historiographical tradition was formed, which is based on the thesis about the existence of Rus' Justice in the modern society and state as a body of law, generated by the princely will. At the same time, back in the first half of the 19th century, an opinion was formed about the unofficial, private nature of the origin of Rus' Justice. To this thesis, the outstanding Russian historian V.O. Klyuchevsky also added the thesis about the origin of Rus' Justice in the church environment. The author of the article, having considered the arguments "for" and "against", comes to the conclusion that in linking the origin of Rus' Justice with the activities of Orthodox hierarchs at the dawn of the history of the Russian Church, Klyuchevsky was right. The author supports his hypothesis with a number of arguments based on the application of the latest methodological approaches to the study of Rus' Justice.