Where can I find a free shapefile of the Soviet Union | USSR?

Ideally, I would like to be able to open it straight-away in QGIS.

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    Does it have to be a shapefile, could you use a WMS? If so there is: http://wms.vsegei.ru/VSEGEI_Bedrock_geology2/wms? and http://wms.vsegei.ru/VSEGEI_Bedrock_geology/wms? – nmtoken Feb 28 '17 at 17:32
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    Don't forget that there is an Open Data Stack Exchange. – PolyGeo Feb 28 '17 at 20:09

There is the GADM database where you can download Russian boundaries in a variety of formats suitable for QGIS: http://gadm.org/country

Commercial use of the data is not permitted, however you may download and use freely otherwise.


You may use the datasets available from DIVA-GIS. If you select your country (Russian Federation), you will access to data (as raster or vector maps) about:

  • Administrative areas;
  • Inland waters;
  • Roads;
  • Railroads;
  • Elevation;
  • Land cover;
  • Population.

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