Russian Census (2002)

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The Russian Census of 2002 (Russian : Всеросси́йская пе́репись населе́ния 2002 го́да) was the first census of the Russian Federation since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, carried out on October 9 through October 16, 2002. It was carried out by the Russian Federal Service of State Statistics (Rosstat).

Russian language East Slavic language

Russian is an East Slavic language, which is official in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It was the de facto language of the Soviet Union until its dissolution on 25 December 1991. Although, nowadays, over two decades after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia, the rise of state-specific varieties of this language tends to be strongly denied in Russia, in line with the Russian World ideology.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

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Dissolution of the Soviet Union Process leading to the late-1991 breakup of the USSR

The dissolution of the Soviet Union occurred on 26 December 1991, officially granting self-governing independence to the Republics of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). It was a result of the declaration number 142-Н of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. The declaration acknowledged the independence of the former Soviet republics and created the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), although five of the signatories ratified it much later or did not do so at all. On the previous day, 25 December, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final leader of the USSR, resigned, declared his office extinct and handed over its powers—including control of the Soviet nuclear missile launching codes—to Russian President Boris Yeltsin. That evening at 7:32 p.m., the Soviet flag was lowered from the Kremlin for the last time and replaced with the pre-revolutionary Russian flag.


Data collection

The census data were collected as of midnight October 9, 2002.

Resident population

The census was primarily intended to collect statistical information about the resident population of Russian Federation. The resident population included:

All detailed census tables are for the resident population.

All (resident) participants were asked question on their gender, birth date, marital status, household composition, birthplace, citizenship, ethnic or tribal self-identification (национальность), education level, language competence, sources of income, and employment status. A sample of the participants were also asked more detailed questions about their economic and housing situation.


Also, the census also counted two more groups of people:

Foreign citizens present in Russia as employees of foreign diplomatic missions or international organizations, and members of their household, were excluded from the census altogether.

Census results

The Census recorded the resident population of 145,166,731 persons, including 67,605,133 men and 77,561,598 women. That included urban population of 106,429,000 (73%) and rural population of 38,738,000 (27%).

The non-resident populations included:


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Census participants were asked what country (or countries) they were citizens of. 142,442,000 respondents reported being Russian citizens; among them, 44,000 also had citizenship of another country.

Among Russia's resident population, 1,025,413 foreign citizens and 429,881 stateless persons were counted.

Citizens of...
CIS countries906,314
Armenia 136,841
Azerbaijan 154,911
Belarus 40,330
Georgia 52,918
Kazakhstan 69,472
Kyrgyzstan 28,843
Moldova 50,988
Tajikistan 64,165
Turkmenistan 6,417
Ukraine 230,558
Uzbekistan 70,871
Other countries119,099
Afghanistan 8,221
Bulgaria 2,262
China 30,598
Estonia 1,066
Finland 285
Greece 612
Latvia 2,864
Lithuania 4,583
Syria 1,230
Turkey 4,991
United States1,361
Vietnam 22,545
Stateless persons429,881

1,269,023 persons did not report their citizenship.

Language abilities

Among the questions asked were "Are you competent in the Russian language?" (Владеете ли Вы русским языком?) and "What other languages are you competent in?" (Какими иными языками Вы владеете?). As the census manual explained, "competence" (владение) meant either the ability to speak, read and write a language, or only the ability to speak it. The questions did not distinguish native and non-native speakers, nor did they try to measure the degree of language competence. For small children, presumably, the recorded answer was based on the language(s) spoken by the parents.

142.6 million (98.3%) of the responders claimed competence in Russian. Other widely reported languages (more than 500,000 speakers each) are listed in the table below.

LanguageSpeakers (millions)
(Volga) Tatar 5.35
German 2.90
Ukrainian 1.81
Chechen 1.33
Chuvash 1.33
Armenian 0.91
Avar 0.78
Azerbaijani 0.67
Mordvin (Moksha or Erzya)0.61
Kabardian or Circassian 0.59
Kazakh 0.56
Dargin 0.50

1.42 million responders did not provide language information.

For a more detailed list, see List of languages of Russia.

See also

The demographics of Russia is about the demographic features of the population of the Russian Federation including population growth, population density, ethnic composition, education level, health, economic status and other aspects.

The Russian Imperial Census of 1897 was first and only census carried out in the Russian Empire. It recorded demographic data as of 28 January [O.S. 15 January] 1897.

The following is a list of censuses carried out in the Soviet Union:

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