London Times, 17 September 1909, p. 3: THE RUSSIAN ARMY AND NAVY. ST. PETERSBURG, SEPT. 16.* A Decree of the Council of Ministers, sanctioned by the Tsar, has been published, dealing with Article 96 of the fundamental laws. It lays down that all legislative questions which concern the organization of the land and sea forces and the defence of the country are subject to the immediate sanction of the Tsar as supreme “War Lord,” as well as all questions relating to the administration of the army and navy, including all dispositions of estimates for the naval and military departments, provided that no further appropriations are entailed. If fresh credits are necessary, supplementary amounts must be applied for in the usual legislative course, detailed statements as to their employment being first submitted in the Budget.

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