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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Census Counts 10 Million in Moscow

Census-takers counted about 10 million people in Moscow, much more than the 8.6 million expected ahead of the 1 1/2-week census that ended Monday, according to www.mosperepis.ru, the city's census web site.

Some 600,000 Moscow residents refused to participate in the census, local media reported.

It was not immediately clear whether the 10 million figure released Monday included those who refused to take part.

The national census, the first in 13 years, kicked off Oct. 9 and was to have lasted seven days.

But it was extended until Monday in an attempt to count those who had been unavailable for interviews and to verify about 10 percent of the responses.

While people in some regions boycotted the census to protest low living standards and wage arrears, a number of people in Moscow simply refused to open their doors over security concerns, census officials said.

Moscow residents have cited as their main worries robbery and the chance that census information might be used against them by the government.

City census officials said Friday that data on those who could not be reached by census-takers or who refused to participate would be gleaned from records kept by city district housing maintenance offices.

The housing maintenance offices' passport departments keep lists of officially registered residents that include gender and age.

City census officials could not be immediately reached for comment Monday.

More complete figures for Moscow's population will be available by the end of the year, the city's census web site said.

Preliminary nationwide census figures are to be released at the end of March, and the final count is to be ready at the end of 2003.