Editor's Note: This is speculation, but perhaps Jews agreeing to convert to Christianity were quickly or more quickly discharged from army service. Suppose some falsified the papers confirming their conversion. If the above were true, this decree would seem to want to punish these Jews.
On handing over Jews to military courts who are convicted of falsifying government documents and their discharge on conversion.
The Emperor, after reviewing the notes of the reports of the loyal Vilna Military Governor, and the Grodno, Minsk,
and Kovno Governor-Generals of December 26, 1851, on the status of the gubernias entrusted to them, among other
things, was pleased to imperially order:
Henceforth, all Jews in those districts who are convicted of falsifying any government documents and are
discharged on conversion, at the conclusion of the investigation, will be handed over to a military court.
(V.P.S.Z. Vol. XXVII, No. 26,052).