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Extinct: no
Family: Indo-European
Branch: Slavic
Continent: Europe
Country: Russia
Region: Also spoken in 30 other countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova.
Countries Where Spoken: 153,655,000 in the republics of the former USSR. Population total all countries 167,000,000 first language speakers (1999 WA); 277,000,000 including second language users (1999 WA). China, Israel, Mongolia, USA.
Countries Where Official: Russia
Native Speakers: 167,000,000
Speakers Total: 167,000,000
Phrasebase members who speak Russian at a native level: 1,627
Phrasebase members who speak Russian at a conversational level: 1,627
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Russian: 3,902
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Russian: 6,192
Three Letter Code: RUS
Alternative Names: RUSSKI
Summary: The Chuvan are a Yukagiric people now speaking Russian. The Meshcheryak are ethnically Erzya, but speak Russian. The Teryukhan are ethnically Erzya in Gorkiy, but speak Russian. National language. Dictionary. Grammar. SVO; prepositions; genitives after noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals before noun heads; question word initial; 1 prefix on a word; recursive addition of suffixes allowed; nontonal. Christian. Bible 1680-1993.

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