Throughout the period of 30 years of Stalin’s ruling the basic sources of the criminal law
from the period of NEP, but with many changes constantly introduced with numerous legislation
acts were in force. The changes concerned mainly the specific part of the criminal law. Formally,
however, the general part did not undergo important corrections. In this respect the evolution of
conception took place: the ideas of creating something completely new in the criminal law were
abandoned. Remaining the so far used Marxism phraseology it was brought closer to neoclassic
solutions. The Soviet conceptions, however, cannot be regarded neoclassic as these assume the
adjustment of reactions to the load of the action. The Soviet system of criminal law at the Stalin’s
times remained and, in practice, broadened the usage of pre-delict repression and pronunciation
of adjudications in a quasi-judicial course, and, virtually, by administrative organs (oso, trojki).
The system became extremely repressive and preventive-wide.