I have data at the country level for the 15 countries of the former Soviet Union but does anyone have a shapefile?

My research assistant is claiming she cannot find one.

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There is the GADM database where you can download Russian boundaries in a variety of formats suitable for QGIS and DIVA GIS where u can download data by country. Select and download free geographic (GIS) data for any country in the world.

Generalized political boundaries of the countries comprising the Former Soviet Union

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Data formats: (Download data)

Arcview shapefile - fsucoal/views/shapes/cis.shp



This is the data that comes from the MIT


For your reference : here is the information to ensure you get the right shapefiles



A good general source for map data, including, but not limited to the political boundaries of the nations of the former Soviet Union, is Natural Earth.

Boundaries of nations and nation-like things are under the "cultural" category, and can be downloaded at a variety of resolutions (1:10,000,000; 1:50,000,000; 1:110,000,000) and a variety of organizing principles, including sovereignty, disputed areas, internal divisions (states/provinces), transportation systems, a point-map of populated places, and more.

In addition to cultural maps, Natural Earth provides vector data for physical features and raster maps.

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