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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.

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Population

map-russian-population-2016

Source: mikhed.ru
Map of Russia adjusted for population.

map-russia-population-density

Source: ?
Map of Russia’s population density.

map-russian-language-in-russia-1897

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

map-russians-in-russia-2010

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

Population Genetics

europe-genetic-distances

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

map-genetics-northern-russians

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

Health & Crime

map-russia-male-life-expectancy-2011

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

map-russia-murder-rate-2011

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

map-russia-alcohol-problems

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

map-russia-drugs

Source: Republic.ru (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

map-russia-medieval-birchbark-documents

Source: gramoty.ru
Quantity of birchbark documents found in medieval Russian towns.

map-russia-literacy-1897

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

map-russia-iq-2015

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

Politics

map-russia-constituent-assembly-election-1917

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

map-russia-constituent-assembly-election-1917-bolsheviks

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

map-russia-elections-1996-1st-round

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

map-russia-elections-2011-fraud

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

map-russia-elections-2011-united-russia-real

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

map-russia-elections-2012-zyuganov-vs-prokhorov

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

map-russia-elections-2016-kprf-vs-ldpr

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

Civil Society

map-russia-bribery-2011

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.

map-russia-debt-2017

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

map-russia-money-vs-card

Source: markswebb.ru
Percentage of card money withdrawals that accrues to cash withdrawals.

Society & Culture

map-russia-unregistered-marriages-2010

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

map-europe-nonmarital-fertility-1910

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

map-russia-saunas-2010

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

map-russia-knowledge-of-english-2010

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.