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Russia’s murder rate: a quiet miracle

Murder rates across Russia have fallen in all regions, to levels not seen since the Soviet glory days of the 1960s.[1]“Widespread robbery of the population, contract killings, taking hostages, open rape in the streets, racketeering and terrorism—these have all become virtually mundane aspects of everyday life for Russian citizens,” wrote famous Russian criminologist Vladimir Kudryavtsev […]

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Europe and Mankind—English translation

This is currently unfinished, but I want the public to be able to see the sections that I have translated so far. Europe and Mankind is an interesting essay written by Nikolai Sergeyevich Trubetzkoy (1890–1938), who happens to be a first cousin thrice removed. He was primarily a linguist, but occasionally wrote on historical and […]

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Will Moscow ever stop growing?

Русская версия картыEven as Russia struggles to grow its population, Moscow’s incredible growth seems unstoppable. Excluding St. Petersburg, Russia’s next 15 largest cities combined could comfortably fit inside Moscow and its suburbs.In a recent map, I looked at the growth and decline of post-Soviet cities. Across the entire post-Soviet space, there is one overwhelming winner – Moscow. For hundreds […]

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Development in Russia

Версия на русском. Colorblind-friendly version.I got a hold of human development data for each Russian federal subject, contained in a report (short version here) by Russia’s National Analytics Center. The report did have a map, but I didn’t particularly like how it was split between two PDF pages, let alone the wacky color scheme. Great […]

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Biggest Soviet cities

Русские версии первой и второй карты.When I was looking for the Soviet Union’s largest cities, I couldn’t find any good list, let alone a map. Strange, I thought, considering that Russian Wikipedia seems to have incredibly detailed records of every Soviet city’s population. And yet, nobody had collected them in one place.I managed to find a […]

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What is the northernmost city in the world?

Here is a list of northernmost inhabited places by increasing population: 82º N: Alert, Canada – population 0-5. Northernmost inhabited place. 79º N: Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Norway – population 35. Northernmost year-round inhabited place. 78º N: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway – population 2,075. Northernmost town of over a thousand. 71º N: Tiksi, Russia – population 5,063. Northernmost […]

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Which cities span two continents?

Here are The biggest ones in order of population: Istanbul, Turkey (Europe and Asia) – 14 million Suez, Egypt (Africa and Asia) – 560,000 Orenburg, Russia (Europe and Asia) – 550,000 Magnitogorsk, Russia (Europe and Asia) – 400,000 Atyrau, Kazakhstan (Europe and Asia) – 220,000 There are some smaller ones, and there are also a […]

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