Dec. 17, 1841

“Order” issued on behalf of Nicholas I and addressed to the General-governors of Kriegsland, Livonia, Estonia, and Courland in Riga [Present-day Latvia, Estonia, Russia; Russian Empire]: “On the order of His Imperial Majesty […who] has determined the following regarding the citizenship rights of Jews/Hebrews currently living in Riga: 1) Jews/Hebrews, who truly have had their permanent residence in Riga until now, are to be permitted to register [with the authorities] in the city and to remain there without, however, attaining citizenship nor the right to acquire immobile goods/property. 2) Henceforth, it is to be entirely prohibited for Jews/Hebrews to transfer from other territories (‘Governments’) or from Sloka (‘Schlock’) to Riga and to live there; Jews/Hebrews permitted to remain in Riga as per the power of this ordinance are to be required/obliged to wear German clothes; […]” [Researcher’s note: The original document contains a handwritten note by the emperor that reads: “And so shall it be.”]
Buchholz, Anton: Geschichte der Juden in Riga bis zur Begründung der Rigischen Hebräergemeinde im J. 1842. Herausgegeben von der Gesellschaft für Geschichte und Altertumskunde der Ostseeprovinzen Russlands. (“History of the Jews in Riga until the foundation of the Hebrew community of Riga in the year 1842. Published by the Society for History and Antiquity of the Baltic-See provinces of Russia.”); (Riga; 1899); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 5/6/2020 ADD PAGE #