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Chapter 15 Section 1. Population Patterns of Russia. Russia’s Ethnic Diversity. Russia contains more than 100 ethnic groups ! Def : a people who share common ancestry , language , customs , religion , and culture 80% of Russians are ethnic Russians

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chapter 15 section 1

Chapter 15 Section 1

Population Patterns of Russia

russia s ethnic diversity
Russia’s Ethnic Diversity
  • Russia contains more than 100ethnic groups!
    • Def: a people who share common ancestry, language, customs, religion, and culture
    • 80% of Russians are ethnic Russians
      • Other 20% are a mixture of many diverse ethnicities
      • Russians conquered these other peoples
  • Ethnic Regions
    • Within Russia, 32 major ethnic groups have their own territories
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Russia’s Ethnic Diversity
  • Russians
    • Russians are Slavs
      • A larger group that includes: Russians, Poles, Serbs and other Eastern Europeans
      • Most practice Russian Orthodoxy (Christian)
      • Speak Russian
      • Use the Cyrillic Alphabet
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Russia’s Ethnic Diversity
  • Turkic Peoples
    • Russia’s 2ndlargest group
    • Live in the Caucasus region and Siberia
    • A major sub-group are the Tartars
      • Live in Tartarstan
      • Have been controlled by Russia since 1500s!
      • Recently Russia has granted the Tartars limitedsovereignty (self-rule)
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Russia’s Ethnic Diversity
  • Caucasian Peoples
    • Russia’s 3rd largest group
    • Live in the Caucasus region
    • Mainly Muslims
      • Some groups, including Chechens, have fought for independence from Russia
population density and distribution
Population Density and Distribution
  • Russia is the world’s 6th most populous country
    • Name 1-5?
    • China, India, USA, Indonesia, and Brazil
    • About 145,000,000 people
    • Most Russians live in Europe (75%)
      • Major cities: Moscow & St. Petersburg
    • Siberia is sparsely populated
      • Terrible climate
      • Tundra, Subarctic, & Mountains
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Population Density and Distribution
  • Population Trends
    • Russian’s moving back to European Russia from outlying areas
    • Population is decreasing in Russia
      • InfantMortality Rate has increased to 19/1000
      • LifeExpectancy has dropped as well
        • Females: 72
        • Males: 59!
      • Why?
        • Poor health care
        • Alcoholism
        • Bad economy
        • Post-communist depression