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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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P. iv., Си. и. VISA OF PASSPORTS.

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travelling passport, to be produced and given up to the authorities
at the Russian frontier. Any one neglecting to provide himself
with the Russian passport for foreigners after the expiration of six
months’ residence in the Empire is liable to a fine not exceeding 10
roubles, according to the length of time he has been without it.

Before the outbreak of the European War, Turkish subjects,,
when crossing the Russian frontier, had to be provided with regular
National passports which had been vise previously by a Russian
State Consular Officer. And only on the strength of such passports
they received the permission to reside in Russia. When putting
their vise to the passport of a Turkish subject, Russian Consular
Officers had to inform such a person that a Russian passport must
be obtained in Russia from the Russian authorities on the strength
of the National passport.1

Since the beginning of the European War the Consular visa can
only be given when the passports to be vise have photographs affixed
with sealing wax of the persons mentioned in the passports, by
those who issue the passports. The passports must also contain
declarations of their holders, legalised by the authorities who issue
the passports, concerning the age and nationality of the holders,
stating whether they are natives or naturalised subjects, and if
naturalised, at what date naturalisation took place, and to what State
they belonged before naturalisation. In this declaration mention
must also be made of the place in the Russian Empire which the
holder of the passport desires to visit, and the object of travelling
thence. If passports are issued by Russian Embassies, Legations, and
Consulates in the cases provided for by Art. 219 of the Russian
Passport Regulations, the photographs and declaration mentioned above
must be legalised by these Embassies, Legations or Consulates.

Russian subjects abroad may have their passports vise by a
Russian State or Elective Consul if they specially desire it.2 Consular
Officers should, however, make it clear to the applicants that such
visa is altogether unnecessary, so far as the Russian authorities are
concerned, and that the practical object of the visa of a Russian
passport by a Russian Consular Officer is to authenticate the
document in those cases, for instance, where local foreign authorities, or
private persons, decline to recognise the validity of a passport under
the pretext of uncertainty as to its authenticity.

1 Circular of the II. Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
4th August 1910, No. 9820.

2 Art. 219 of the Russian Passport Regulations.

§< 66, 67,

Regulations
since
outbreak of war.

§ 67.
Visa of
Russian
passports-

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