ca. 1825

Decree issued by Nicholas I [Russia] [Unconfirmed]

Commentary from other sources:
1) “In 1825, Tsar Nicholas I issued a decree stating that all Jewish men were now subject to a military draft when they reached the age of 18 and that they would be required to serve for 25 years. According to a memo the tsar sent his generals, ‘The chief benefit to be derived from the drafting of Jews is the certainty that it will move them most effectively to change their religion.’ When Nicholas discovered that very few Jewish soldiers were converting to Christianity, he issued a new order.”
“A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism.” Phyllis Goldstein. p. 216