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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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158 DECEASE OF RUSSIAN SUBJECTS ABROAD. P. v., Сн. vi.

§134.
Netherlands,
Property of
Deceased
Russian
Subjects.

§ 135. [-Switzerland.-]
{+Switzer-
land.+}

§136.
China.

§ 137.
Turkey.

§138.
Persia.

§139.
Greece.

In the Netherlands the treaty of commerce and shipping
concluded with Russia on the 12th September 1846, provides (Art. 3)
that Russian Consuls may " take temporary charge of all property
left by Russian subjects, on the same conditions as, in an analogous
case, wrould be observed in regard to property left by a native, until
the lawful heir shall have taken the necessary steps to enter upon
his inheritance." This means that the Consul is not entitled to
interfere, the property being taken charge of and adjudged to the heirs
by the local law courts.

By notes of the 16th July 1885, the nth September 1885, and the
1st April 1886, from the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs to
the Russian Ambassador at The Hague, the Netherlands
Government proposed, without the condition of reciprocity on the part of
the Russian Government, to deliver to Russian Consular Officers
all estate, not exceeding 250 Gulden in value, left by Russian subjects
serving in the Colonial army of the Dutch Colonies, or dying in those
Colonies.

In Switzerland, Russian Consular Officers enjoy no special rights
as to the administration of property left by deceased Russian
subjects. The commercial convention concluded between Russia and
Switzerland on the I4th/26th December 1872, contains (Art. 4, §1)
the stipulation that Russian subjects be entitled to inherit property
left to them by will or ab intestato on the same conditions as all other
foreigners. Thus, the rights of succession of Russian subjects in
Switzerland are determined by the local law courts and not by Russian
tribunals.

In China the property left by a Russian subject is handed over to
the Russian authorities according to Art. 4 of the treaty concluded
with Russia on the 21st October 1727.

In Turkey the property left by a Russian subject must be handed
over to the executors of his will, or, if there is no will, to the Russian
Consul, on deposit, in accordance with the treaty of commerce
concluded with Russia on the 10th June 1783, Art. 52.

In Persia the real and personal estate left by a Russian subject
is handed over to his relatives or friends, or, in their absence, to the
Russian Consul, who assumes the administration of such property
without the right of interference on the part of the local authorities,
in accordance with the treaty with Russia of the 10th February 1828,
Art. i.

The treaty of commerce and navigation concluded between Russia
and Greece on the 12th June 1850, states as follows (Art. 12, 13, and
14) : " In cases of death of Russian subjects in Greece, the Consuls,
Vice-Consuls, and Consular Agents, or the Diplomatic Legations, have
the right to make, with the competent local authorities, an inventory
of all property left by the deceased ; to seal, with their official seals,
against the seals affixed by the local authorities, in a word, to take all
necessary measures to preserve the integrity of the succession. They
have the right, further, to fulfil, either ex-ojficio or on behalf of the
parties interested, the duties of executors of the property of any
Russian subject who dies intestate and without having appointed

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