Annexes Data and map backgrounds: In the present document, we have used the statistical data related to the various administrative regions An attentive reader of the maps will notice that, in certain areas, the division varies (we have occasionally lumped several regional units together). This is the case in the Caucasus, where the former Republic of Chechno-Ingushetia was divided in two just before the breakdown of the USSR. Nevertheless, the separate data are not unavailable for all of the years concerned (1979 in this particular cas was not broken down) and the evolution maps thus refer to a very rough division: This is why the evolution maps for 1979-2002 represent the two current administrative units as one statistical unit. The case of statistics regarding the city of Norilsk We have chosen to rectify something odd in the Russian statistics for Siberia. The population of the city of Norilsk, located in the middle of the Taymyr Autonomous District yet administratively independent from it, is indeed counted as part of Krasnoyarsk Kray, several hundred kilometres to the south. In order to obtain a reasonably significant representation of the population in this area, we have: - cut the population of Norilsk away from that of the Siberian
*kray*, - added this same population to the figure published on the Taymyr Autonomous District in the hopes of creating a cartographically coherent spatial unit.
However, this operation was not possible for every year considered.
The maps which take into account the data for the year 1979 thus represent a single spatial unit: the Krasnoyarsk Kray and the Taymyr Autonomous District melded into one. This solution is crude, cartographically speaking, since it creates an enormous unit, but at least it avoids the absurdity of the original. |