Russian – Vody

Russian – Vody

Caucasus ǀ Central Asian

Coat of Arms of Mineralnye Vody

Coat of Arms of Mineralnye Vody

Vody is a city on the northern edge of the  Caucasus Mountains which means “mineral waters.” The town owes its birth to the construction of the Rostov-Vladikavkaz Railway, the construction of which was completed in 1875. In 1878, the village which developed around the construction was officially recognized and named Sultanovsky. In 1906 the name was changed to Illarionovsky, in honor of Count I. I. Vorontsov-Dashkov, a local nobleman. In October 1921, at the end of the civil war when Soviet rule had been established, the name was again changed to Mineralnye Vody and town status was granted. The new town had a population of around 14.000 people. It was occupied by Nazi Germany between 10 August 1942 and 11 January 1943 during World War II.

Russian – Vody represents 60 Russians from the European city of Mineralnie Vody who were sampled in 2007 by the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

Source publication: Developing STR databases on structured populations: The native South Siberian population versus the Russian populations. FSI: Genetics 3 (2009) e111-e116.

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