Russian ǀ Russian  ǀ European

bashkir manRussians are people who live in the modern country of Russia, perhaps the most diversified in terms of ethnicities in the world. One of them, the Bashkir, are a Turkic people indigenous to Bashkortostan extending on both parts of the Ural mountains, on the place where Europe meets Asia.

There are Russian diasporas throughout the entire world.  There are over 3 million Russian Americans, over 1 million Russians in Germany, nearly a million, in particular Russian Jews in Israel, and half a million Russian Canadians. Russians make up the most numerous ethnic group in Europe.

anna chapmanCultural traits of Russians are similar to their fellow Eastern Slavic counterparts, specifically Belarusians and Ukrainians as well as with certain Southern Slavs such as Bulgarians, Macedonians, and Serbians.

There are two data sets that have been incorporated into DNA Consultants’ method.

  • For the Russian population a sample of 402 Russian individuals from 57 regions of the Russian Federation were studied by the Institute of Molecular Biology, Moscow, and Central Laboratory for Medical Forensic Identification of the Department of Defense, Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
  • For the Russian population a sample of 184 Russian individuals of which 52 individuals were from Saratov city, 60 from Mineralnie Vody city, and 72 from Orel city.

For more details on the Russian population, see:

Everyculture – Russia;

Wikipedia – Russians, and

Wikipedia – Russian diaspora

Photos: 1)  A young Bashkir man, ca. 1910, by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. Library of Congress. Public domain. 2) Anna Chapman, an accused spy for the Russian government.  Photo by U.S. Marshall and accessed on Wikimedia Commons.

Source publication: Russia (population 184): Genetic Variation of the nine Profiler Plus loci in Russians, IJLM, 2002, p309-311. Russia (population 446): Variation of 15 autosomal microsatellite DNA loci in the Russian population, Molecular Biology (Moscow) 41, 2007, p3-7.

[Population 185, 446]