Krasnodar, 30 July. Today our guest is Ludmila Chumak, Head of the Krasnodar regional Registry Office.
Q.: According to the Russian Statistical Committee, the birth rate in the Kuban region has been falling over the past few years in a row. How can you comment on this assertion?
A.: Regretfully, the birth rate has indeed been falling over the past years [in Krasnodar krai]. Say, we registered 61,766 births in 2019, which was by 5.4% less than in 2018 (70,695). This tendency is to a certain extent linked to the fact that most of the current parents were born in the early 1990s, during a demographic crisis and a considerable declline in the birth rate. On the whole, the region’s population has been growing over the past few years – but it happens mainly due to the migration processes.
Q.: What is the statistics of weddings in the past five years?
A.: In 2014, we registered 48,658 marriages; in 2019, their number was 42,239, i.e. 15% less. Most probably, the overall figure for 2020 will be even less. From the beginning of the quarantine, the Registry Offices stopped taking applications for registration of marriages, except for the applications that were submitted earlier and certain peculiar cases. Besides, I think that conscientiousness and responsibility of many people influenced their decision to postpone the solemn wedding ceremony until a quieter epidemiological situation.
Q.: What is the average age of the newly-weds?
A.: As a rule, it is 21 to 24 years for women, and 24 to 32 years for men. The average age has been growing of late – the youth prefer to make career first, and then to start a family.
Q.: The Registry Office works with a huge stream of documents. Do you use digital technologies?
A.: Since 1 October 2018, the state registration of civil acts has been performed in the Federal State Information System of the Uniform National Vital Register. This Register will become part of a single federal information database of the Russian population. To achieve this goal, the Registry Offices will have to digitalize their mostly paper archives by 1 January 2021. It will be a huge work, because the regional Registry Office contains 17 million records that must be digitalized.
Q.: What offices are undergoing repairs?
A.: In 2018–2019, owing to the additional financing from the regional budget, we performed capital repairs in the Registry Offices in Otradnoe, Slaviansk-on-Kuban and Belorechensk, the Karasunsky District Office in Krasnodar, and several specialized offices for registration of births and deaths in Krasnodar. By the end of this year, we plan to complete the repairs of our offices in Timashevsk, Temriuk, Labinsk and Novokubansk.
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