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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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P. VII., Сн. IV. PURCHASES, &c„ OF WARSHIPS. 287

ever on supplies which they have made to ships of war. As to Elective
Consular Officers their commission is fixed as follows :—

1. If the service rendered by them is a delivery in kind or money,
they receive 2 per cent, of the total sum expended.

2. If it is only a matter of attention and management, without
disbursements or the purchasing of articles of whatsoever value,
Consuls, Vice-Consuls, and Consular Agents receive on making their
report, 50 roubles for each ship of war which has stayed more than
five days in the port. But this indemnification is only granted them
when the amount of 2 per cent, due to them for services rendered
in kind or in money does not reach 50 roubles silver ; in this case
the commission is not allowed. In the contrary case, the remuneration
is limited to 2 per cent.1

Accounts of purchases and payments made by commanders of
Russian war vessels must only be certified by Russian Consular
Officers when the latter can guarantee their authenticity.2 This is
done :—

1. If the payment of the account is made by the Consul himself.

2. If it is made in his presence,

and only refers to the fact that payment has been made in accordance
with the account.

An Elective Consular Officer, therefore, certifies in the following
terms : " Le Consulat de Russe a certifie que le compte

ci-dessus a ele acquitte."

This attestation is always done free of charge.

From the above it appears that Consular Officers, when certifying
the accounts of Russian men-of-war, are not bound to make sure
that the figures of the account correspond with the prices current
in the locality.

The Imperial decree of the 14th May 1873, contains the following
provisions :—

In the event of the transfer, for whatever reason, of a balance of
credit from one vessel to another, the commander of the vessel from
which the transfer is made must endorse the letter of credit to the
required effect, such endorsement being countersigned by the
paymaster and sealed with the ship’s seal. The signature and
countersignature must then be attested, if possible, by a Russian State or
Elective Consular Officer. All drafts must be signed by the
commander, countersigned by the paymaster, and sealed with the ship’s
seal. The signature and counter-signature must, if possible, be
attested by a Russian Consular Officer.

If the money is paid over by the Consul upon a letter of credit
or against a banker’s draft, he must require reimbursement from the
banker ; but if the draft is on the Ministry of Marine, the Consul
must communicate therewith, enclosing particulars of the rate of
exchange at the time when the draft was issued, the captain’s demand,
and the draft itself. Should the draft have been endorsed by the

1 Cons. Reg., Art. 24.

3 Circular of the II. Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 10th May
1899, No. 4108.

§ 352.

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