Russian language resources
Russian is spoken on a daily basis in: Poland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan
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Russian (Russian: ??????? ????, russkiy yazyk, ['ru.sk??j j?'z?k] listen (help·info)) is the most widely spoken language of Eurasia and the most widespread of the Slavic languages.
Russian belongs to the family of Indo-European languages. Within the Slavic family, Russian is one of three living members of the East Slavic group, the other two being Belarusian and Ukrainian.
Written examples of East Slavonic are attested from the 10th century onwards. While Russian preserves much of East Slavonic synthetic-inflexional structure and a Common Slavonic word base, modern Russian exhibits a large stock of borrowed international vocabulary for politics, science, and technology. A language of great political importance in the 20th century, Russian is one of the official languages of the United Nations.
NOTE. Russian is written in a non-Latin script. All examples below are in the Cyrillic alphabet, with transcriptions in IPA.
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All data is derived from UNESCO.