The Russian language (or ру́сский язы́к, pronounced [ˈruskiːj jаˈzəik] in Russian) belongs to the family of Indo-European languages and is one of the three living members of the East Slavic languages, along with Ukrainian and Belarusian. Being one of the richest, subtlest and yet most complex linguistic systems in the world, Russian is the language of many world famous thinkers, artists and academics. The modern Russian arose in the beginning of the 18th century under the rule of Peter the Great and was further revolutionised by the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.
Writing system: Cyrillic (Russian alphabet)
Official language in: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Moldova:Gagauzia