Having considered the inquiry of the police overseer of the 2nd section of the town of Mtsensk on the production of price increases for food items by the Mtsensk tradesman N.P. Prozvantsev and the conclusion of the Mtsensk City Government in this case, found that Prozvantsev’s guilt in the aforementioned offense was fully confirmed by the inquiry, but the City Government claims that although Prozvantsev violated the tax, he cannot be found guilty, since he bought butter for 55 kopecks. per pound; butter in the days of Lent.
The board does not consider it a matter of prime necessity, and its sale was not a secret. I cannot agree with this conclusion on the following grounds: 1. The price of butter in the bazaar has recently reached 45 kopecks. per pound 2. Prozvantsev did not buy oil in Orel and, having bought oil from local landowners, he sent it and sent it to Orel, and the bill submitted by him from Martemianova, for which he urgently went to Orel on February 17, cannot serve as proof of purchase of oil, because with 1 GAOO, f.580, Article 1, d. 6131, l.98. Feb 20 1915. 2 Ibid., P. 99. Feb 27 1915. no protocol was filed and no applications for the purchase of oil from Martemyanova were received. 3. In Lent, oil is considered to be the same basic necessities as at other times. 4.
The policeman was sent to Prozvantsev to buy oil from him not for consuming it, but only to check the rumors that it is true that Prozvantsev sells oil at a higher price than the dachshund. If Prozvantsev did not hesitate to take 60 kopecks from the policeman for butter, much less he would not hesitate to sell the oil to the rest of Mtsensk, and therefore RESOLVED: To ask His Excellency Orlovsky, the Governor, to expose philistine I.P. Prozvantsev fine in the amount of 500 rubles, and in case of refusal the arrest by the police for 1 month. Resolution of the Chief Commander of the Oryol Province 3 According to my decision of May 6, 1915, the Mtsensk burgher NP.
Prozvantsev on the basis of a mandatory decree of July 13, 1914 was subjected to a fine of 500 rubles for an arbitrary increase in the price of butter. The indicated penalty in the full amount was collected from it and entered into the Treasury of Mtsensk. Now, in view of the certificate made by the Mtsensk mayor that the said offense was not caused by the desire to artificially raise prices for the purpose of profit, but rather by the increase in wholesale prices, I found it possible to weaken the punishment imposed on Prozvantsev, but because I RESOLVED: to reduce the fine, subjecting him to a fine of only 50 rubles and asking the Oryol State Chamber to make an order to return to Prozvantsev the fine of 450 rubles that I collected from him.