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Russian Born Wives (Divorces)

Volume 526: debated on Monday 5 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will give details of the documentary proof he has received from the Soviet Government relating to Russian women who have divorced their British husbands.

The divorce certificates were received by Her Majesty's Embassy in Moscow on 29th March. The certificates state that the divorces have been registered and give the dates as follows:

  • Mrs. Burke—25th April, 1952
  • Mrs. Bolton—20th January, 1953
  • Mrs. Rickitts—18th May, 1953.
  • Mrs. Henderson—15th September, 1953.
The place and grounds of the divorces are not indicated on the certificates, which are in the form of copies of entries in the central register. As soon as legalised copies have been received in the Foreign Office, they will be forwarded to the husbands.

Is the documentary evidence acceptable? If so, are the husbands concerned free to remarry if they wish to do so, or is it still a matter for the court?

It is not within my competence to answer such a question. I advise the husband to consult a solicitor.