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(1916) Author: Alfons Heyking - Tema: Russia
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PART XII.

Legal position of Russian Subjects in Great

Britain.

There are no Acts of Parliament affecting Russian subjects as
distinguished from subjects of other foreign States.

Russian subjects have always been entitled to hold personal
property in Great Britain, and by the Naturalisation Act of 1870, they
were empowered to hold real estate also.

The laws of Great Britain do not impose any restriction upon the
canying on of trade and manufactures by Russian subjects. But a
Russian subject cannot be the owner of a British ship.1

Russian corporations carrying on business in England must be
registered in the Companies’ Registry, pursuant to the Companies’
(Consolidation) Act 1908, and must make the returns required by the
Act. With regard to the exercise of professions by Russian subjects
the restrictions are :—

1. A Russian subject cannot be admitted as a solicitor. A solicitor
is an Officer of the Court and takes the oath of allegiance upon his
admission.

2. A Russian subject cannot be a clergyman of the Established
Church of England, who is required by the Statute to take the oath of
allegiance upon his ordination, unless he proposes to minister outside
British Dominions.

3. A Russian subject cannot serve in the Navy or Army of Great
Britain, except in time of war, and then by special permission, and he
cannot be a State employee of the United Kingdom—with the
exception of a physician and surgeon, who can serve in the British Army
provided that they hold an English diploma, and are Europeans.

4. A Russian subject cannot be elected a member of Parliament, or
a mayor.

In case of law suits in Great Britain, Russian subjects are under
the obligation to provide sureties, while British claimants are not
obliged to do so.2

The execution of judgments of Russian courts does not take place
in Great Britain although the defendant may be in the United Kingdom.

1 The Merchant Shipping Act, 1S94, S. 1.

2 See § 384.

§ 388.

§398
Foreigners
in Great
Britain.

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