Over the years, ITC has developed a strong network of translators whose native language is Russian. These linguists have passed several rounds of tests and are evaluated regularly. In addition, ITC project managers have drawn up language guides to help translators follow the specific rules that apply to Russian.

280 million

people speak Russian


most used language in the world

8 countries

have Russian as their official language

History of the Language: Translation into Russian

Russian is the official language of the Russian Federation; 153 million people list it as their mother tongue. The Russian language, together with Ukrainian and Belorussian, makes up the Eastern branch of the Slavic family of languages that belongs to the large Indo-European group of languages.

Russian derives from the Old East Slavic, which was spoken in the times of Kievan Rus. The current writing system emerged with the invention of the Cyrillic alphabet in the ninth century by two brothers, monks Cyril and Methodius, who translated the Bible from Greek into Old Slavic, and the introduction of Christianity in the tenth century. Throughout its history, the Russian language has incorporated various features of other languages (Polish, German, Greek, Dutch, French, English, Latin etc.). Today, modern Russian is a prominent language in both political and non-political circles. It is also one of the official languages of the United Nations organization.

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Specific features of Russian

Russian is also one of the most versatile languages in the world. It’s very difficult for foreigners to understand, as this language is flexible, with its cases, genders, various affixes (prefixes, suffixes), endings, etc. In addition, the meaning of a sentence mainly depends on the intonation and the word order may vary. All of this often leaves foreigners confused.