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Which one is preferable?

The appointments were contained in a decree signed on January

or

The appointments were contained inside a decree signed on January

Do I say in a decree or inside a decree?

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Neither is idiomatic.

You either need to say:

....in January...
or ....on January 5 (or any other date to follow January)

However, to say in a decree indicates that you are talking about the text of the decree. The decree included text concerning the appointments.

To say inside a decree sounds as though the appointments were found on paper rolled up inside the material on which the decree was written, as if one document had been found inside another.

So, presuming that you have the first sense in mind, prefer ...in a decree....

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