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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

National Census Extended by 5 Days

The country's first census in 13 years has been extended until Monday in an attempt to include those who were unavailable during the weeklong campaign, which was to have ended Wednesday.

Sergei Kolesnikov, the deputy head of the State Statistics Committee, said the extension was also needed to verify about 10 percent of the responses, Interfax reported.

Although the final results of the census will not be available until the end of March, some preliminary figures were released Thursday.

Census-takers counted 1,088,816 people in Chechnya, with 205,000 living in the capital Grozny. The census was conducted in Chechnya last Saturday and Sunday.

Observers said Chechnya's population was higher than expected, given the two military campaigns waged since the previous census was taken in 1989 and the thousands of refugees who have fled for other parts of Russia.

The prison population was tallied at 919,000 inmates, of whom 130,000 were being held in pre-trial detention centers, Justice Ministry official Ilya Kolubelov told Interfax.

Kolesnikov said that 72 percent of the population had participated in the census as of Monday. He said 83.3 percent of the people in Moscow took part, as well as 81 percent in the Voronezh region and about 80 percent in the regions of Adygea, Kalmykia, Tuva, Evenkia and Aginsk-Buryat.

Almost 100 percent of the rural population participated in the head count, Kolesnikov said.

Irina Zbarskaya, head of the Statistics Committee's demography and census department, said people in closed cities had been more willing to participate in the count than those residing in big cities, Izvestia reported Thursday.

In the Moscow region, census-takers encountered numerous refusals from residents in elite areas, where guards would not let them past the gates and the residents largely ignored telephone calls requesting that they appear in person at census offices, according to news reports.

Zbarskaya called for new legislation to be passed before the next census to ensure that anyone ignoring the head count faced fines.

Meanwhile, about 200 of the country's 600,000 census-takers were injured on the job, news agencies reported.

Dog attacks accounted for 70 percent of the attacks.

Five attacks were reported in the far eastern Primorye region, said an official at the regional office of the Military Insurance Co., which insured the census-takers.

A 54-year-old female census-taker was beaten and raped by a 19-year-old man in the village of Preobrazheniye in Primorye, he said.

The man faces up to six years in jail if convicted.

In the Magadan region, a female census-taker was asked by the residents of a dormitory in the capital Magadan to come back one more time to interview another resident, who was out at the time of the initial visit, reported. The woman was raped when she returned.

Police have opened an investigation but no suspects have been detained.