(h/t @popdemography) Anyhow, very good/comprehensive map, with almost surprises. The only thing that was a real TIL to me was the increase in Belgorod oblast, which is the green region next to Kharkov oblast in Ukraine. Its TFR is low like in most central Russian regions, but it's apparently a popular destination for Russians from... Read More
So apparently 70% of Romanians agree with that powerful slogan. When I was in Romania, their libs were telling me only marginal freaks supported reunification with Moldova. But evidently, they were wrong. It is more like 70% of the population as that map shows. I actually think Moldova is pretty interesting as a comparator for... Read More
This is via /r/MapPorn (in turn, I think, via /pol). Overall, the map strikes me as quite accurate. Portugal didn't strike me anywhere near as Black as the UK, I would have put it at not much more than 1%. I think France is a bit too high, probably because it includes the overseas departments.... Read More
Interesting map of European approval of China, though being mostly from 2018/19 (see Sources) this was from before the coronavirus. But I don't expect the general patterns to have changed, the countries already disposed to think well of China wouldn't have had their expectations shattered - possibly, even the converse - while the more Sinophobic... Read More
Long-time readers will know that I am a fan of The Nature Index for tracking global scientometrics. Unlike raw numbers of articles published, it automatically adjusts for quality, since only submissions to elite journals are counted. In my previous longread on the subject, I presented a per capita map of the Nature Index FC (fractional... Read More
Here's a map of Moscow's coronavirus cases to date: Notice something interesting? Although it's not a particularly clean demarcation, there is a higher density towards the center and south-west, while there's much fewer cases in the prole-ish south-east. This corresponds with: Property & rental prices "Racism" in house listings Liberal opposition's share of the vote... Read More
Map of the Mongol Empire at/near its territorial peak. Map of the various variants of stuffed boiled dumplings (credit). Exogamous communitarian family systems (in red). The maximum territorial extent of Communism.
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. I found something similar (if much smaller scale) for Russia at... Read More
Further to my last post on the matter, I spent this evening collating all the most interesting maps I have on Russia, which I just published on my website: (Why not here? Because I want it to be a page that I can keep editing indefinitely - adding to, and occasionally, deleting. For instance, since... Read More
The previous post featured a map of Russian IQ based on an online survey (n=238,619) for Russian men interested in serving as contract soldiers run by the Ministry of Defense. The data has recently been released by Konstantin Sugonyaev (see PDF). However, as was suggested by Sugonyaev at the start, it is also possible to... Read More
Konstantin Sugonyaev, Andrei Grigoriev and Richard Lynn (2018): A New Study of Differences in Intelligence in the Provinces and Regions of the Russian Federation and Their Demographic and Geographical Correlates [PDF] This is by far the largest survey of Russian IQ ever undertaken (n=238,619). The test was designed by the Ministry of Defense and is... Read More
(via /r/MapPorn) This ranking by the Foreign Service Institute seems fairly plausible. I agree with the decision to move French up a tier, it is certainly harder than Spanish or Portuguese. My casual impression is that Romanian is a bit harder than the Iberian languages. Not sure if the two tier gap between Swedish and... Read More
Great map of the Ephemeral States of the Russian Civil War: The state collapse of the old order temporarily brought all sorts of strange new political formations into existence, as is the universal pattern ("the empire long united must divide"). The Idel Ural Republic. The Republic of North Ingria. Even a "Green Ukraine" in the... Read More
Official results: Official results with adjustment for fraud (via Kireev): As blogger Ivan Vladimirov noted, and as the above map confirms, Putin has become the President of ethnic Russians. This stands to reason. For instance, it's probably hard for many Dagestanis to see the appeal of Crimea. As opposed to, say, for the peoples of... Read More
Russia blogger Seva Bashirov made a map of the incidence of "suspicious votes" as per Sergey Shpilkin's method (not necessarily all fraudulent, but there's certainly a correlation) during these elections. Here is a similar map for the 2011 Duma elections (methodology is different, so scale isn't comparable). And in finer resolution: One of the previous... Read More
I don't follow many people on YouTube, since it's not really my format, but EmperorTigerstar is one of the few people I make an exception for. Not only has he mapped all the classics - WW2, WW1, Napoleonic Wars, history of Europe and the Roman Empire - but also plenty of relatively less well known... Read More
Source: Report: There were problems with data collection in Argentina, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia, so their results must be treated with caution. Furthermore: "Because the results of Kazakhstan in 2015 are based only on multiple-choice items, they cannot be reliably compared to the results of other countries, nor to Kazakhstan’s results in previous assessments" (pp. 81... Read More
In the spirit of Foreign Policy's map of Chinese stereotypes about Europe, I did the same thing for Russia using the autocomplete to "why [country/people]..." in Google.ru. Vast swathes of Eastern Europe are dominated by Russians asking why the local denizens don't like them, so to make room for more interesting stereotypes, I just colored... Read More
I made this map based on Razib Khan's calculated figures of the percentage of Muslims around the world who support the death penalty for apostasy, which he compiled using data from the 2013 PEW global survey of Muslim attitudes. Click to enlarge. Warning: Large map! EDIT: Forgot to include figures for Russian Muslims - it... Read More
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.