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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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INTRODUCTION.




AS the first edition of the present publication edited
in 1904 has run out long ago, and as since that
time a series of new enactments and regulations
concerning the Russian Consular Service and having a
bearing on the legal position of foreigners in Russia have
come into force, it was necessary to revise the first
edition and to make considerable additions to it. This
has been done in this second edition.

During the last half century there has been a marked
growth in the importance of the Consular Service. The
cause is to be looked for in the fact that the politics of
civilised States are gradually being directed more and
more by their economic requirements. As a result of
their advance in culture and of the innumerable
discoveries and inventions by which, in international
intercourse, the obstacles of time and space are reduced
to a minimum, the nations have come into closer and
more intimate contact with each other, and the
individual State, in its economic life, no longer suffices for
itself, but is compelled to merge its individuality in a
universal life in which the interests of the several States
are accommodated to the conditions of the whole world.

As a result of this fact the nations of the civilised
world are finding it necessary, in many places of special
importance, to replace their Elective Consular Officers,
who perform their duties as a secondary profession and
side by side with other occupations, and who are usually
subjects of the State in whose territory they have their

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