This article is focused on the consideration of reasons and sources of an origin of legal nihilism as forms of the deformed sense of justice of citizens in Russia. By means of use of a deductive method the understanding of the term "legal nihilism" is formed. In article approaches to understanding of legal nihilism by the analysis of comparison of various positions of the leading philosophers are considered. Article considers development of sense of justice of the population against the historical processes happening in Russia throughout centuries. Relationships of cause and effect of formation and development of legal nihilism as reactions to social changes of society come to light.
legal nihilism, sense of justice, legal literacy, deformation of sense of justice, legal states, sources, nihilism.