Don’t Let Them Count You

Posted By Margarita Williams

Residents of Moscow were awakened Thursday by a text message from the State Statistics Service  informing them of a nation-wide census, the first since 2002.

The two week census will attempt to collect information about every resident’s nationality, income, language skills, housing facilities and many other personal matters. Census takers must also question foreigners, about the nature of their visit and the length of their stay.

Like in the U.S., residents were warned to be careful when opening doors to let census takers into their homes. An authentic census worker will only show up between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. and can be identified by a blue cap and a scarf, a whistle, a flashlight, a blue bag and an official certificate, the State Statistics Service said.

Vladimir Sokolin,former head of the SSS accused the government of manipulating census figures shortly before his resignation last year. Following the accusations, The Other Russia opposition coalition pledged to boycott the census and held a demonstration Thursday under the slogan, “Don’t Let Them Count You.”

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