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Russian, Russky

Related languages Russian is one of the Eastern Slavonic languages, and closely related to Belarusian and Ukrainian.
European speakers 288,000,000 speakers
Territories Russian is spoken in the 21 republics of the Russian Federation, as well as Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, and Bulgaria. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations.
Alphabet Russian is written in the Cyrillic script. Various letters have been used and later discarded. Today the Russian alphabet has 33 letters.
First examples Written Russian grew out of the Slavonic writings of the Church, and the earliest existing Russian text is an 11th century translation of the Gospels.
Other facts The Cyrillic alphabet, created in the 9th century by St Cyril, originally contained 43 letters - 24 of them based on the Greek alphabet. It's been whittled down by the various nations that use it, including the Russians, Bulgarians, Serbs, Belarusians and Ukrainians, though each have held on to the characters that are useful to them.
News in Russian BBC World Service in Russian.

Key Phrases
Da.
Yes.
Net.
No.
Dobro pozhalovat'!
Welcome!
Ochen' priiatno.
Pleased to meet you.
Zdravstvuite.
Hello.
Do svidaniia.
Goodbye.
Spasibo.
Thank you.
Menia zavut ...
My name is ...
Vy govorite po-angliiski?
Do you speak English?
Izvinite, ia ne govoriu po-russki.
I'm sorry, I don't speak Russian.
Mne nuzhna pomoshch'.
I need help.
Skazhite pozhaluista, gde tualet?
Where is the toilet, please?

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