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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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belong to any Christian body other than the Russian or Greek
Orthodox Church, they are at liberty to have their marriage celebrated in
any Christian church they may select.1 Those Christians who do
not belong to the Russian or Greek Orthodox Church in the
Governments of Wilna, Witebsk, Wolinija, Grodno, Kieff, Kovno, Minsk,
Mohileff, and Podolsk, must solemnise their marriages in the Church
of the faith to which the bride belongs. If a priest of the Roman
Catholic Church refuses to celebrate such a marriage, the parties may
apply for that purpose to a clergyman of another faith.

In case no special arrangements have been made in the marriage
contract, the children born of such marriages must be baptised
according to their sex :—the sons have to belong to the faith of the father,
and the daughters to the faith of the mother.

Russian subjects of the Russian or Greek Orthodox and the Roman
Catholic faiths are forbidden to marry non-Christians, and Russian
subjects of the Protestant faith to marry pagans.2 Marriages of
Russian subjects of the Protestant faith with Jews or Mohammedans
are concluded in accordance with the Regulations of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Russia.3 Persons of the Jewish faith must be
married by a Jewish rabbi.

Marriages in the Russian Embassy Church, London, are solemnised
under the following conditions :—

1. Banns are to be published three times in that Church, if both
parties are residents in London. If one of the parties is not a London
resident, the banns must be published in the Church of the parish to
which that person belongs.

2. The passports of both parties are presented to the priest, with
certificates of birth and baptism.

3. The permission of the parents of both parties must be obtained
when they are minors. In cases where the parents are not living,
certificates of their deaths must be produced.

4. The permission of the superiors of the bridegroom—if he belong
to the Military or Civil Services—must be obtained.

In each case it is advisable to apply beforehand to the clergvman
who has to perform the ceremony, so as to make sure of the
documents, the production of which is considered necessary.

Every marriage ceremony at the Russian Embassy Church in
London must be preceded by a civil marriage before the local
Registrar, or by a marriage conducted in a Church, which according
to English law has the right to register marriages—for instance, the
Anglican Church, Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian, etc.

Although a civil marriage before a Registrar, or a marriage before
a clergyman whose registration takes the place of that of the Registrar,
is equally recognised in England, such, however, is not the case in
Russia, where the substitution of civil marriage does not exist.
Therefore, the marriage of a Russian subject can only be recognised as
valid in Russia when it has been consecrated in a Christian Church, a
Synagogue, or a Mosque, according to the denomination of the bridal pair.

1 Code of Civil Law, Ed. 1900, Art. 75. 2 Ibid., Art. 85.

3 Ibid., Art. 87. Code of Regulations relating to Affairs of foreign religious,
professions, Art. 328.


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