Do people who live in eastern Russia look more Asian or more European?
by, September 22nd, 2010 at 11:37 AM (102434 Views)
The quick answer is they look more European.
The total population of Russia is 145.1 million people with 79.8% ethnic Russians (2002 Census) which means they are European-looking.
If you look at the density map of ethnic Russians by region you will find that there are only two administrative districts in the Eastern part where density of ethnic Russians is less than 50% -- the Republics of Tuva and Sakha: Ethnic Russians by Region
Now the number of ethnic Russians in Tuva represents 20.1% of the total 306,000 local population, and the number of ethnic Russians in Sakha is 41.2% of the total of 949,000 local population.
Compare that tiny prevalence of non-ethnic Russians (452K people) to at least 50-60% of ethnic Russians living in Siberia (total population 20M) and the Russian Far East (total population 6.7M) and you will find that on average people look more European in either Siberia or the Russian Far East, or both combined.
If you really want to find places where Russians look more Asian you gotta look for Republics and Autonomous okrugs which are administrative divisions meant to cater for specific ethnic minorities. Within the constraints of a small number of Republics and Autonomous divisions, you might find people looking more Asian on average.