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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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P. v., Сн. xix.

NA TURA LISA TION, &c.

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2. The class of society or community in which the applicant is
entitled to be enrolled ;

3. The town or city where he desires to take the oath of allegiance ;

4. The reasons given that the condition of five years’ residence be
waived, if such a request is made.

The petition must be accompanied by:—

1. A certificate of registration from the authorities of the
petitioner’s native country, giving his age, occupation, &c., and legalised
by the proper Russian Legation or Consulate ;

2. A certificate as to his settlement in Russia ;

3. If the person who is desirous of becoming naturalised is at
the time a subject of a State with which Russia has concluded a
convention in regard to the fulfilment of military duties by the subjects
of the respective States, he is required to produce a certificate from
the competent authority to the effect that he has fulfilled his duties
or is exempted from doing so.

Special rules must be observed in cases of naturalisation of the
subjects of the Khanates of Central Asia, and of China and Corea.

The five years’ residence period is reduced :—

1. To persons whose services are useful to the Russian Empire ;
to persons who have acquired celebrity in the arts or sciences, and to
those who have invested money in Russian undertakings which are
of public benefit. This must, however, be substantiated, at the
request of the applicant, by the Minister for Home Affairs ;

2. To children of foreigners born in Russia, or to such children
who, although not born there, were educated at Russian educational
establishments. These are permitted to take the oath of allegiance
during the first year after they come of age (21 years) ;

3. To persons who are in the Russian State Service, and to ministers
of religion of other than the Orthodox Greek faith, who have been
engaged for service in Russia by the Minister for Home Affairs ; persons
of this class are at liberty to become Russian subjects at any time ;

4. Russian female subjects married to foreigners can, on being
divorced or widowed, regain their Russian nationality at any time
without taking the oath. In all other cases the oath of allegiance
is an indispensable condition of naturalisation.

Under special circumstances, a foreigner who is residing abroad
may be naturalised as a Russian subject on the strength of a request
from Russian Ministers, Ambassadors, or Consular Officers addressed
to the Russian Foreign Office. The oath of allegiance is given in the
presence of one of the aforesaid officials, in the native tongue, or in
any other language that the aforementioned subject knows. The
prescribed form by the Law, Art. 847 of Vol. IX., Ed. T899 of the
Svod Zakonov is used. This oath is given before a clergyman of the
faith to which that person belongs who is about to be naturalised.

The Oath of Allegiance is couched in the following terms1:—

"I......former subject of .....

promise and swear to Almighty God that I with my family
shall always be faithful, good, obedient subjects of the most
serene, reigning, great Lord Emperor Nicolai Nicolaivitch,

1 Svod Zakonov, Vol. IX., Ed. 1899. See addition to Art. 847.

§189.

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