This graph charts the frequency of articles mentioning Russian Presidents in the NYT between 1990 and 2009. It also indicates weighting of stories - the darkest line shows front page stories while the lighter lines indicate stories buried deeper in the paper.
The alphabet is expressed with circles. Without telling what they are, it would be kind of hard to see what alphabet they are. However, this would be cool to use to title a mod (incorporating the theme into the type).