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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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PART IX

Instructions as to Russian Customs Regulations.

CHAPTER I.—Russian Customs Regulations as to
Foreign Lottery Tickets, Passengers’ Luggage,
and Books.

Application is frequently made to Russian Consular Officers for
information as to the Russian Customs Regulations concerning foreign
lottery tickets, passengers’ luggage, and books. The chief enactments
of Russian law as to these matters are as follows :—

Persons arriving in Russia from abroad, whatever their position
in life, are only allowed to pass the frontier after they have
undergone the customs’ examination prescribed by law, and they must
not in any case oppose such examination.

Persons leaving Russia are, together with their goods, subject
to examination only if the customs authorities have good reason
to suspect that they are carrying articles which are subject to export
duty, or which are altogether forbidden to be exported.1

All foreigners arriving in the Empire, including Poland, whilst
being examined and passed at the frontier, are notified that it is
unlawful to bring in tickets of foreign lotteries.2

Bonds issued by foreign States are allowed to be brought in, but
not tickets for foreign lotteries, which are generally termed " lottery
loans of private persons, companies, or towns."3

It is unlawful to bring into the Empire lottery obligations, &c.,
for loans issued in the Grand Duchy of Finland, to meet the cost of
construction of the Helsingfors Railroad.4

Passengers’ luggage is considered to consist of those things which
are in the possession of passengers, and which are required by them
during the voyage. Such articles, if they do not come under the
head of merchandise, are admitted free of duty.5

Articles which are, in general, prohibited from being brought in
from abroad, are not included among those which are allowed free
of duty as passengers’ luggage. For instance, foreign playing cards,
if found on a passenger, are not passed by the customs, but are
confiscated and forwarded to the Petrograd Tutelar Committee.
Passengers are not liable to a penalty for having playing cards in their
possession unless they have been intentionally concealed.6

1 Customs Reg., Art. 701.

3 Ibid., Art. 703.

6 Ibid., Art. 713.

2 Ibid., Art. 703.
4 Ibid., Art. 704.
e Ibid., Art. 714.

§§ 365, 366.

§ 367 „
Foreign [-Lottery-Tickets.-]
{+Lottery-
Tickets.+}

§ 368.
Passengers
Luggage.

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