Johnson's Russia List
12 September 2002
ALL-RUSSIA CENSUS ONLY CHANCE TO FIND OUT ETHNIC COMPOSITION OF
MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 11, 2002. /FROM A RIA NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT/. -
forthcoming All-Russia census, slated to be held from October 9 to
is the only chance to find out the ethnic composition of Russia.
As officials of the federal press centre Census-2002 of the State
on Statistics of Russia said, for each ethnic group it is an
make a strong case as a real force which the state will reckon with.
In accordance with the federal law On the All-Russia Census, in the
the census the population's answers to the question of the census
Ethnic Group Do You Belong To?", just as the other information
population, will be put down by the census-takers as they are given
To avoid violations of the legislation of the Russian Federation,
papers contain a prompt for census-takers on this question -
the definition given by the questioned person". So, the real
of the population will be registered.
At the present time one can judge of the ethnic composition of the
population only by the data of the 1989 census. According to these
13-year-old data, nearly 120 million Russians, 5.5 million Tatars,
million Ukrainians, 1.7 million Chuvashs, 1,3 million Bashkirs, 1.2
Byelorussians, 1,1 million Mordovians, and 899,000 Chechens, as well
million people of other nationalities lived in the RSFSR.
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