Rosstat has denied reports about the compulsory participation in the census

Rosstandart announced that amendments to the law “On all-Russian population census” does not contain provisions for mandatory participation in the census, and do not define penalties for refusing to participate in it. This is stated in the message on the Agency’s website (pdf.).

Previously, “Kommersant” reported that the statistics service prepared amendments to the draft law “On the national census” was approved by the government Commission on legislative activities. It was reported that the Agency has proposed to require all Russian citizens to participate in the census and provide their passport information and social security number, and in case of refusal, to impose an administrative fine in the amount from 100 to 300 rubles.

The bill was indeed approved by the government Commission on August 22. However, Rosstat said that the changes that the Agency are going to make, was intended to gather information about the population in electronic form, as well as legal regulation of carrying out of the micro-census with 5 percent coverage of the population in the intercensal period.

According to “Interfax”, the Rosstat said that the journalists in his publication relied on last year’s bill that was not supported and was deleted by Rosstat from the package of amendments.