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  • Uli Schamiloglu
    Johnson s Russia List #6434 12 September 2002 #11 ALL-RUSSIA CENSUS ONLY CHANCE TO FIND OUT ETHNIC COMPOSITION OF RUSSIA S POPULATION MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 11,
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      Johnson's Russia List
      #6434
      12 September 2002

      #11
      ALL-RUSSIA CENSUS ONLY CHANCE TO FIND OUT ETHNIC COMPOSITION OF RUSSIA'S
      POPULATION
      MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 11, 2002. /FROM A RIA NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT/. - The
      forthcoming 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 Committee
      on Statistics of Russia said, for each ethnic group it is an opportunity to
      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 course of
      the census the population's answers to the question of the census paper "What
      Ethnic Group Do You Belong To?", just as the other information about the
      population, will be put down by the census-takers as they are given by the
      questioned people.
      To avoid violations of the legislation of the Russian Federation, the census
      papers contain a prompt for census-takers on this question - "according to
      the definition given by the questioned person". So, the real ethnic structure
      of the population will be registered.
      At the present time one can judge of the ethnic composition of the country's
      population only by the data of the 1989 census. According to these
      13-year-old data, nearly 120 million Russians, 5.5 million Tatars, 4.4
      million Ukrainians, 1.7 million Chuvashs, 1,3 million Bashkirs, 1.2 million
      Byelorussians, 1,1 million Mordovians, and 899,000 Chechens, as well as 11
      million people of other nationalities lived in the RSFSR.



      Uli Schamiloglu
      Professor of Turkic & Central Eurasian Studies
      Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
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