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This map shows the regions of the world where common Russian is commonly spoken (red circle). Although this language is the one most American students think of when they think of Russia, linguists often use the term "Great Russian" to distinguish this language from "White Russian" (Belarusian) and "Little Russian" (Ukrainian), two other languages common in the area. Great Russian is in the South Slavic family of languages; it descends from the Slavic sub-branch of the Balto-Slavic branches of Indo-European. Russian is most closely related to Belarusian and Ukrainian. It is found in the East Slavic sub-branch of the Balto-Slavic languages of Indo-European. About 200 million speakers of Russian exist today.

Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.


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