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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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Consular Officer. It is self-evident that, in the event of the Embassy,
Mission, or nearest Consulate sending an authorised person to attend
to the affairs of the deceased on the spot, the local authorities
must conform to the rules laid down in the preceding articles
-(Art. 11).

Art. 11 of the Convention with Sweden and Norway stipulates,
further, that if a Russian subject dies in either of those countries
at a place where there is no Russian Consular Officer, the local
authorities are required to report the case to the nearest Russian
•Consulate, to allow the latter to take the necessary steps with regard
to the property left by deceased.

The Conventions with France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Sweden
and Norway stipulate that all the provisions of the said Conventions
shall apply to cases of decease of subjects of the contracting States,
even when such decease does not actually take place on the territory
of any particular State, provided that property, either real or personal,
is left by the deceased in such State or States (Art. 12).

Art. 13 of the same Conventions is to the effect that all personal
effects and wages belonging to sailors or passengers—who are subjects
of one of the contracting States—-dying on board ship, or on shore,
in the territory of another of the contracting States, shall be delivered
to the Consular Officer of the State to which deceased belonged. In
the text of the Convention with Sweden and Norway it is said, further,
that such delivery shall be made without any formalities, on discharge
of any debts or liabilities which the deceased may have incurred during
their sojourn in the country.

Art. 2 of the Maritime Declaration with France of the 8th/20th
November 1891, No. 8049, stipulates that the property of every
Russian seaman dying on board of a French vessel, either in France
or her colonies, or in the territory of a third nation, shall be handed
over to the nearest Russian Consul, without the necessity for
observing any of the formalities prescribed by French law in cases
of estate left by deceased persons.

The term " estate" includes all " property, wages due, money,
and other effects" left by a deceased seaman on board a ship, and
also all documents relating to his personalty.

The body of a Russian subject who dies abroad may be brought
back to Russia on procuring a special certificate from a Russian State
Consul. To obtain this certificate the following must be produced
to the Consul:—

1. Deceased’s passport.

2. Three copies of the certificate of death of the deceased.

3. Certificate of a local physician, duly legalised by a Notary
Public, stating that the deceased died of a non-infectious disease,
and that the body has been duly embalmed and placed in an
airtight and hermetically sealed coffin of metal enclosed in a second one
of wood.

4. Written permission from the local authorities to transport
the body to the Russian frontier. If the body will have to pass

Transport of
Bodies of
Subjects to


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