The Russian language is spoken by 300 million people in different countries. It is the 5th most spoken language in the world, the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia and the largest native language in Europe. Russian is a tongue of a great literary tradition and international communication in politics (it is one of the United Nations official languages), science, culture and sports. For an English speaker Russian may be challenging to learn, however it can give you the key to many treasures of world culture and enable you to communicate with millions of people for whom Russian is the native or the primary foreign language.


Resources to study Russian online and in Russia (not affiliated with the Embassy):
Russkiy Mir (Russian World) foundation
Comprehensive reference website, dictionaries, FAQ
Dictionaries of the Russian language
Textbooks online shop
Open Directory project catalogue of links
Livejournal community for people studying Russian
The Pushkin State Institute for Russian language (Moscow)
Resource centre for Russian teachers