Map Gallery of Russia


  1. General Reference Maps of Russia
  2. Thematic Maps
  3. Historic Map

1. General Reference Maps of Russia

Political Map of Russia

This political map shows the administrative divisions of Russia in different colors. It also includes the major cities, major roads, railroads, and rivers of Russia. This map would be useful in finding major cities in Russia although because Russia is so big the names have to be squeezed together and makes it somewhat difficult to do so. It is also useful for finding general distances between cities and what major roads or railroads can be used to get to those cities.

Relief Map of Russia

This scanned relief map of Russia is good for general geographical overviews of major boundaries, land forms, and bodies of water in Russia.  It is difficult to read the small words on this map and many of the city names are illegible.  This map was reduced to fit on this page, but even the lettering on the original scanned map lacked sharpness and fine detail. 

2. Thematic Maps


Population Density in Russia

The population density map above is from the year 1979 and shows where the heavy centers of population are located.  The uses of colors work effectively to draw our attention towards the bright reds and oranges representing areas of heaviest population. Places of heaviest urban population are also represented with open circles for cities with over 2,000,000 million people, down to small black dots which represent cities with 100,000 to 500,000 people on them.

Birth Rate in Russia

 This map shows the birth rates in Russia in 1999 by administrative districts. This map was too small to be seen at its original size so had to be stretched on this page. The map represents areas of highest birth rates with Red, and those areas with lowest birth rates are represented by Green. The birth rates in Russia follow a pretty common trend throughout the world today, and that is higher birth rates in rural areas and lower birth rates in urban areas.


Major Types of Trees in Russia

This map outlines the types of trees that grow in Russia and where they are found. This map could be useful in determining what types of trees are in a certain areas of Russia. Maybe not the most useful map for the average public, but could serve some important purposes for a few select people. One example is logging companies might want to know where to have their operations to get a certain type of tree. Another use could be tourists who are allergic to certain types of tree pollen might want to know where to avoid.

Forest in Russia

This is a pretty simple map that shows the main forests in Russia. Probably not a very useful map, but simple maps can be the easiest to draw information from. The Boreal forest covers most of Russia and is a major source of lumber. Russia has 22% of the world’s forest. To the North the forest end at the tundra region where conditions are too harsh for trees to grow in.

Russia Resources

Petroleum Reserves in Russia

This map shows the petroleum deposits in Russia. It also shows where Natural gas pipelines (red lines) and Crude oil pipelines (blue lines) run in Russia. Russia has a large reserve of oil and is one of the leading producers in the world of it. The largest oil reserves are mainly in Siberia and the Southwest regions of Russia. Oil is the main export of Russia and is the best source of income for the country.

Coal and Major Minerals in Russia

This is a map of coal deposits and where others major minerals are located in Russia. This map was scanned so it is of low quality to try and read. The words are to small and blurry. Russia’s largest exports after oil are minerals and the Ural Mountains are packed with minerals. The Ural Mountains can easily be seen on this map as the cluster of dots in the left middle part of Russia. The brown shading on this map represents where coal basins are in Russia. If this map was easier to read it would be a great map to use to find where minerals are located in Russia.

Weather Map

This is a map that shows the average temperature in Russia annually. I think this map does a great job illustrating the difference in climate throughout Russia. The map is in Celsius so it could be a little hard for Americans to understand what the actual average temperatures are, it would be more useful to them if it was represented in Fahrenheit. But even if you do not know that exact temperatures that are being shown, you can still compare which parts of Russia are warmer and colder simply by knowing Blue is cold and Red is warm.

3. Historic Map

Russian Expansion from Moscow

This is a very simple map that shows the expansion of Russia between 1300 and 1795. This map is assuming that modern Russia is the result of Moscow’s influence over the area of modern day Russia.  This map is very easy to follow and understand, probably so easy because Russia expanded in a ring pattern out from Moscow. I really like this map because the region that was under the control of the Empire of Moscow is well shown in each time period. It also uses good color contrast to make the borders of the time periods clear and sharp.


Submitted by: Adam Harrison,  Brad Dinan, and Alex Simon

Last Updated on April 30, 2008

A selection of maps created for Geography 1000: Fundamentals of World Regional Geography