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Russian is an eastern Slavonic language within the
Indo-European language family. As an oral language it is closely related to Belarus, Ukrainian and Bulgarian (which however, are all southern Slavonic).

Russian is spoken predominantly in Russia and to a lesser extent those countries that once were federal republics within the Soviet Union. After the Soviet Union's dissolution in 1991, many of the newly independent states, have encouraged the use of their own indigenous language, something which has partly revoked the Russian's privileged position. During the 1900´s Russian was taught in all of the schools in countries who were members of the Warsaw Pact and other communist lands that had previously been satellite states of the Soviet Union, Poland, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia in particular. Normally the younger generation don't know Russian fluently, as it is no longer obligatory in many of the country's schools.
In central Asia, Russian is still an important language:
It is one of the official languages in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. It is reckoned that the first named about 95% of the population speak Russian.
Previously and on a somewhat smaller scale Russian is still taught in Asiatic countries like Laos, Vietnam and Mongolia because of its influence there and is till used as a lingua franca in Afghanistan by different tribes. Russian is also spoken in Israel. Israeli media regularly publish material in Russian. The are also large Russian speaking communities in North America, particularly in large inner cities in the USA and Canada. According to the 2000 census, about 4.2 million people spoke Russian in the home, which in turn makes it the 10th most spoken language in America. Large Russian speaking groups of people are also to be found in Western Europe. Germany, Great Britain, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium and Greece all have significant Russian speaking congregations, that total upwards of 3 million people.



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