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More interesting facts on Russian language
- the Russian anarcho-syndicalist newspaper Golos Truda relocated from New York to Petrograd when its entire editorial staff decided to move to Russia following the February Revolution?
- in 1989, the Popular Front of Moldova was initially backed by a range of ethnic groups, but quickly lost support from Russian speakers and Gagauz?
- due to a bureaucratic error Sir Curtis Keeble was placed in charge of 2000 Russian refugees despite not speaking fluent Russian?
- the Church Slavonic word for "nativity scene" has come to denote "the den of depravity" in modern Russian?
- the expression Children of Lieutenant Schmidt has become a Russian cliché for con men who use false pretenses in order to extract money from the victims?
- the translation of The Lord of the Rings by Andrey Kistyakovsky and Vladimir Muravyov is the first official Russian language translation of the novel?
- the first poet in the Russian language, Symeon of Polotsk, was ethnically Belarusian?
- although Russian is the most widely used second language in Ukraine, it has no official status in the country?
- Firestar's Quest, a book in the Warriors fantasy novel series, has been translated into Russian?
- Anna Marly originally wrote Chant des Partisans, the song that became the anthem of the French Resistance following the prohibition of La Marseillaise, in Russian?
- Soviet literature declared Russian the "world language of internationalism", denouncing French as the "language of fancy courtiers" and English as the "jargon of traders"?
- forced labor of Hungarians in the Soviet Union was dubbed malenkij robot (corrupted Russian for "a little work") in Hungary?
- William Morfill was the first professor of Russian in Britain?
- The Gift, the last novel written by Vladimir Nabokov in Russian, was initially poorly received and partially rejected?
- The Enchanter is the last work of fiction written by Vladimir Nabokov in Russian but was first published in English after his death?
- IBM's Automatic Language Translator machines used by the US Air Force had optical disks that stored thousands of Russian-to-English translations?
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