Translation into Russian
There are hundreds of millions of Russian speakers, principally established on the ex-USSR territories. On the contrary to what some people might think, Russian is far from being extinct.
Russian Around the World
Due to their membership of the USSR, three countries in addition to Russia have Russian as their mother tongue: Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. In total these territories comprise some 350 million inhabitants.
Other Regions use Russian either as an official language or as an administrative language. To give some examples, there are oblasts (a type of administrative division, analogous to an independent region) of Donetsk, Kherson and Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine and Constanta in Romania. In total, there are around 30 million Russian speakers in these regions.
In Israel, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Russian is used as an administration language or in a particular sector, such as the drug trade in Israel. It can also be the common language between different ethnicities, and therefore has become a language of interethnic relations.
International organisations other than CEI, which essentially comprises ex-USSR countries, have adopted this language. This is the case for UNESCO, WHO (World Health Organisation), SCO (Organisation de Cooperation de Shanghai) and the ISO (International Organization for Standardisation).
Russian in the Professional Sphere
During the communist years and even before this, the Russian-speaking sphere was a leader in scientific research in general. Many studies and documents principally, in the fields of physics, chemistry and maths, were diffused only around Russia. The results of these studies are still available online, but exclusively on Russian sites. Knowing this language or using a translator is therefore a way of accessing these documents to help develop one’s studies.
In the context of the current economy, in which Russia is a member of G8, the are countless sectors where Russian is considered an advantage for facilitating communication. This is the case for economically profitable areas such as real estate, tourism and computing. This has also been a proven fact for sectors more linked to more human-oriented fields of activity, such as medicine or agri-food. Russian has not lost its status as a language of research and science. It is used in technical sciences and space cooperation.
The Subtleties of the Russian Language
Russian is subdivided into three main dialect families: northern Russian, spoken in the Murmansk, Yaroslavl and Leningrad oblasts among others, central Russian, which is heard in Saint-Petersburg and Moscow and southern Russian, like that which is spoken in Ryazan and Velikiye Luki.