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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Con Artists Pose as Census-Takers

During the first two days of the weeklong national census, police have registered at least four robberies in which people got into apartments by posing as census-takers, RIA-Novosti reported Thursday.

Con artists in St. Petersburg snatched $20,000 in the biggest robbery, RIA-Novosti said. In Moscow, a 23-year-old woman was robbed of jewelry worth $1,600.

Interior Ministry official Yury Korolyov told reporters Thursday that con artists usually get into apartments by pretending to be plumbers or social workers and using false documents, Interfax reported.

In the meantime, several census-takers themselves have fallen victim to attacks. On Wednesday, a 23-year-old census-taker was attacked in Korolyov, Moscow region, Interfax said. Unidentified attackers hit him over the head and vanished with his bag of census forms. Similar attacks have been registered in other towns, Lenta.ru said Thursday.

The census is the country's first in 13 years.