Back in the bad old days, I was in the legal reform business. What were we trying to do? In short, we were trying to make law more responsive to social needs. More efficient, in a sense. A prerequisite is that actors in the legal community (law makers, judges, etc.) actually care what society needs over time.
That brings me to Russia. The Economist offers a glimpse of the Russian legislative drafting process. Does this meet the prerequisite? The system is getting more predictable in its protection of power. Ergo, Russian society needs that, right?