Nov. 30, 1839

Decree, issued by the Interior Ministry of Russia [Present-day Russia]: “Foreign Jews may be permitted to stay in Russia for up to one year, as long as they can prove that they have transactions of trade to conduct; however, such a permission only extends to the Pale of [Jewish] Settlement. Foreign Jews may apply at the Russian Consulates in their home country, where, in addition to the passports issued by their home country, they have to show the following evidence of the business they plan to transact in Russia: 1. Invoices, showing shipments of goods to a Russian customs office, or to a Russian harbor, 2. Letters from Russian businessmen, which show that the addressee is truly conducting business at the Russian places in question, and 3. Receipts for the taxes paid for past business transactions in Russia.” [Researcher’s note: The Pale of Settlement was a western region of Imperial Russia with varying borders that existed from 1791 to 1917, in which permanent residency by Jews was allowed and beyond which Jewish residency, permanent or temporary, was mostly forbidden.]
Kletke, M.G. (ed.). Organisation des Judenwesens im Großherzogthum Posen (Organization of Jewish Affairs in the Grand Duchy of Posen). Heymann: Berlin, 1843. Page 319. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 4/15/2020