OREANDA-NEWS. Russians in 2020 have become to register marriages more seldom. This is evidenced by data published on the Rosstat website.

So, in 2019, 950.1 thousand marriages were concluded in the country, in 2020 their number decreased to 770.8 thousand.

At the same time, most of all marriages were registered in Moscow (almost 66, 5 thousand). Also, according to Rosstat, the number of divorces has decreased in 2020. Last year, 564 thousand couples divorced, which is 57 thousand less than a year earlier.

Since December 2020, it has become easier to apply for a marriage in Moscow: an online application for marriage registration can be made on the mos.ru portal. According to Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development, more and more Moscow newlyweds are choosing the electronic method of filing an application with the registry office. According to her, in 2020, almost half of the future spouses opted for online applications.

In November 2020, the State Duma adopted a bill with amendments to the Family Code aimed at prohibiting the registration in Russia of same-sex marriages concluded abroad. This special provision will make it possible to avoid the recognition in Russia of same-sex marriages concluded abroad, since there were cases when the MFC registered them.