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The Consul is at the head of the Russian Colony, although he
has not the right to dictate to it, and in the capacity he fulfils, he
must look after and pay proper attention to all those belonging to
the Russian Colony.[1]

CHAPTER II. — State and Elective Consular Officers.

§ 2. The difference between State and Elective Consuls.

A difference exists between State and Elective Consuls. The
former, who are also called Consules missi, are sent by the State
which appoints them to a foreign State, and must be subjects of the
country they represent. They draw a fixed salary and the Consular
fees collected by them form part of the revenue of the State. On
the other hand, Elective Consuls are Consular Officers who are selected
from local merchants or other suitable persons. They do not require
to be subjects of the State by which they are appointed, and do not
draw any fixed salary, but are entitled to retain all fees collected by
them in accordance with the Consular Tariff.

In places where there is not sufficient reason for appointing State
Consular Officers, and where there is occasion to assist Russian subjects
and Russian Industrial and Trading interests, Elective Consular
Officers are appointed. Their rank is generally determined by the
importance of their functions, and the position they occupy socially
and officially.

Russian subjects and those who know the Russian language, if
they are otherwise considered to be suitable, have preference over
other candidates for Consular appointment.[2] A person who desires
to be appointed a Russian Elective Consular Officer, must apply to
the State Consul of the district, giving full particulars, and filling up
the following form :—
Christian Name
and Surname.
Date of
Nationality.Religion.Social Position
and Occupation.
Whether he
knows the
Russian Language.
Whether he knows
Foreign Languages
and, if so, which.
Since When
in the Russian
Since When
in the Present
Whether in
Possession of
any Orders or
Decorations, and
if so, their

Further, he must produce a written recommendation from some
local authority, and must sign the following declaration :—

§ 3. Declaration of Elective Consular Officer.

" I, the undersigned, hereby certify, that upon undertaking the
" charge of the Imperial Russian Vice-Consulate at X, I will fulfil
" my duties according to the instructions which are, oj will be,
" given to me by the Imperial Russian Consulate at X, the Imperial
" Russian Embassy at X, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at

[1] Collection of Regulations of the I. Department of the Russian Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Petrograd, 1912. Pages 17 and 18.
[2] Circular of the I. Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
6th February 1913, No. 1500.

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