RUSSIA: Census

Sudden suppression of Russia's 1937 census figures and the "disappearance" of statisticians who prepared them led to that bad internal conditions had lowered Russia's population, doubts abroad about Soviet military civil strength.

Timed to counteract this impression in London and Paris while pact bargaining hangs fire, its first complete census figures since 1926 were published by the Soviet Government last week. They showed a population for the whole Soviet Union of 170,467,186 (a gain of 23,500,000 since were counted in 1926). Exulted Pravda: The percent of population growth not surpassed by any other country. Its estimates: U. S. 11%; Italy 9%;...

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