One of the nicest sites on the Internet for data freaks is Max Roser’s Our World in Data, which produces lavishly illustrated graphs on a wide variety of political, economics, and society-related topics.
The links to the original data sources are also very useful.
Here are some of the most interesting finds, let me know if you discover anything interesting:
1. Demographics: Russia’s (Second) Demographic Transition
Average age of mother at birth of first child (red).
2. Living Standards: Interactive Graph of Salaries by Region/Sector
3. Geography: Map of All Russian Cities
4. Geography: Map of Russia by Train Travel Time
5. Politics: History of Putin’s Approval Ratings
VCIOM polls are red, Levada polls are blue, FOM polls are yellow. Note that the link also has an interactive version, with further links to raw data; I hadn’t found a VCIOM series going back to 2006 until now!
(Note that I have my own version).
6. Economics: Living Standards 2012-18
Measure of living standards across each of Russia’s regions in the past 6 years.
7. Economics: Structure of National Projects Financing
I wrote about the 13 national projects, budgeted at 25 trillion rubles (~= $400 billion), for 2019-24 here. Here we have all that data, but in graphical format.
Infrastructure – orange; roads – Red; ecology – lilac; green – demographics; blue – healthcare; digital technologies – turquoise; housing – yellow; exports – brown; education – magenta; science – cyan; entrepreneurship – light green; culture – purple; labor productivity – pink.
8. Economics: Russian Budget
Income as %GDP – red; Spending as %GDP – blue.
Even I hadn’t realized the fiscal tightening was that severe – absolute spending (as per the second graph in the link) even in 2018 was lower than the absolute peak attained in 2013.
Coupled with monetary tightening, no wonder the Russian economy has underperformed since 2014.
There’s also a nice direct comparison of Moscow vs. Saint-Petersburg, amongst other things.
Note that swapping of places around the time of the Civil War.
10. Demographics: Time that Russia Is All Emigrating to Moscow
That’s happening, but in reality, what’s happening is that Russians are emigrating to bigger regional cities in general, while the countryside continues to empty out (this is a global phenomenon).