Staunton, April 2 – On March 30, the Russian State Statistical Committee Rosstat announced that it was postponing the planned beginning of the 2020 census in distant and sparsely populated area. Today it said that it had asked the government to consider postponing the entire census scheduled for this fall.
Pavel Malkov, head of Rosstat, says that the upcoming census “must be conducted at a new technological level” but that “in the current situation, there have arisen a number of questions connected with the preparation, infrastructure and equipment for collection and processing of data” (tass.ru/obschestvo/8140109).
His agency did unilaterally postpone the census that was supposed to begin in April to sometime in the second half of 2020. But now it may be even later. That effort was intended to enumerate residents of the Yamalo-Nenets and Chukchi autonomous districts, Magadan Oblast and Khabarovsk Kray where “about 500,000” people live (nazaccent.ru/content/32670-v-neskolkih-regionah-rossii-perepis-naseleniya.html