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About a year ago, I was conversing with a demographics student at the Higher School of Economics who wants to work at Rosstat after his graduation.

One of the things we discussed stuck out in my mind: “Wouldn’t it be great if there was an Albion’s Seed for Russia?”

That is, an exhaustive ethnographic survey of the various Russias in the spirit of Hackett Fischer’s classic, but informed by modern population genetics.

At this point in time, I have neither the time, nor frankly the expertise, to embark on such a project. But if a picture is worth a thousand words, a fine-grained map must surely be worth even more, and I conveniently have many of them lying around on my hard drive.

So consider this a preliminary sketch of what such a book might look like.

Though one can detect many obvious patterns, I am going to forego commentary so that my readers could look at the data through fresh eyes. Maybe there’ll be some novel observations.




Map of Russia adjusted for population.


Source: ?
Map of Russia’s population density.


Source: ?
Prevalence of the Russian language in the Russian Empire as of the 1897 Census.


Source: N. Avdeev
Percentage Russians as of the 2010 Census.

Population Genetics


Source: Balanovsky, Oleg et. al – Two Sources of the Russian Patrilineal Heritage in Their Eurasian Context (2006)
MDS Plot of the Y Chromosomal Variation, Grouping Regional Subpopulations and Averaged Ethnical Populations of Europe


Source: генофонд.рф.
Map of genetic distances from Northern Russians (based on Y-chromosome haplogroups)

Health & Crime


Source: M. Ukolova
Male life expectancy in Russia in 2011.


Source: N. Avdeev
Murder rate in Russia in 2011. (Note: Link contains maps for 2005-2015 period).


Source: temur25 (based on Trezvaya Rossiya data)
Index of alcoholization in Russian regions.


Source: (based on the Atlas of Justice)
Most commonly confiscated drugs in 2014: Brown = amphetamines; Light purple = heroin; Purple = desomorphine; Light green = cannabinoids; Light orange = Opium poppies; Orange = opiates; Dark green = synthetic cannabinoids; Light gray = no data; Dark gray = Other.

Literacy and Human Capital


Quantity of birchbark documents found in medieval Russian towns.


Source: ?
Historical map of Russian Empire literacy rates as of the 1897 Census.


Source: Anatoly Karlin
PISA-adjusted IQ of Russian regions according to PISA 2009 and PISA 2015. See full article [in Russian] at Sputnik & Pogrom.



Source: @welections
Russian Constituent Assembly election, 1917: Brown = Social Revolutionaries; Red = Bolsheviks; Green = Regional SR’s; Yellow = Local parties.


Source: parol6342190
Russian Constituent Assembly election, 1917: Bolshevik share of the vote (total: 22.5%).


Source: Alexander Kireev
“The Red Belt”: Russian Presidential elections of 1996, First round: Blue = Yeltsin; Red = Zyuganov (communists).


Source: Alexander Kireev
Russian Duma elections of 2011, assessment of degree of electoral fraud.


Source: Alexander Kireev
Russian Duma elections of 2011, estimate of ruling party United Russia’s “real” result.


Source: Alexander Kireev
“The Red Belt” survives: Russian Presidential elections of 2012, relative performance of: Red = Zyuganov (communists) vs. Blue = Prokhorov (liberals).


Source: Alexander Kireev
Russian Duma elections of 2016, relative performance of: Red = KPRF (communists) vs. Blue = LDPR (nationalists).

Civil Society


Source: FOM
Percentage of Russians in 2011 saying a government official had requested or expected a bribe from them in the past one or two years.


Source: RIA
Percentage of overdue bank loans in Russian regions as of Jan 1, 2017.


Percentage of card money withdrawals that accrues to cash withdrawals.

Society & Culture


Source: Alexander Kireev
Share of unregistered marriages in Russia as per the 2010 Census.


Source: Klüsener, Sebastian – 2015 – Spatial variation in non-marital fertility across Europe in the 20th-21st centuries
Non-marital fertility ratio in 1910.


Source: Alexander Kireev
Share of individual houses in rural areas with a banya/sauna (vs. a bath/shower) as per the 2010 Census.


Source: Alexander Kireev
Share of Russians with knowledge of the English language as per the 2010 Census.

Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.