JRL: ALL-RUSSIA CENSUS /FROM A RIA NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT/
- Johnson's Russia List#643412 September 2002#11ALL-RUSSIA CENSUS ONLY CHANCE TO FIND OUT ETHNIC COMPOSITION OF RUSSIA'SPOPULATIONMOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 11, 2002. /FROM A RIA NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT/. - Theforthcoming All-Russia census, slated to be held from October 9 to 16, 2002,is the only chance to find out the ethnic composition of Russia.As officials of the federal press centre Census-2002 of the State Committeeon Statistics of Russia said, for each ethnic group it is an opportunity tomake 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 course ofthe census the population's answers to the question of the census paper "WhatEthnic Group Do You Belong To?", just as the other information about thepopulation, will be put down by the census-takers as they are given by thequestioned people.To avoid violations of the legislation of the Russian Federation, the censuspapers contain a prompt for census-takers on this question - "according tothe definition given by the questioned person". So, the real ethnic structureof the population will be registered.At the present time one can judge of the ethnic composition of the country'spopulation only by the data of the 1989 census. According to these13-year-old data, nearly 120 million Russians, 5.5 million Tatars, 4.4million Ukrainians, 1.7 million Chuvashs, 1,3 million Bashkirs, 1.2 millionByelorussians, 1,1 million Mordovians, and 899,000 Chechens, as well as 11million people of other nationalities lived in the RSFSR.
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