CIT offers Russian interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.

Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Russian language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Russian language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Russian language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Russian language, as well as of the culture and history of the Russian people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

The Russian Language

The Russian language, an Eastern Slavic language, is spoken mainly in Russia by about 260 million people. Of those, more than half are Native speakers. Russian is the official language in several countries, including Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. It is also an official language in territories like Moldova, Abkhazia and the UN. Although not an official language, it is heavily spoken in other countries such as Romania, Finland, Norway, Armenia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkmenistan, Slovakia and Uzbekistan.

The Russian language was first written in the 900s. This text was found in Novgorod. These texts found were written in Old Russian, Old Church Slavonic, Finnish, Latin and Greek. It was during the time of Peter the Great (1672-1725) that the Russian language was beginning to be written regularly. It was he who introduced a common alphabet and pressed upon the importance of writing in a similar language as one speaks. In this case, Russian. The Russian dialect from Moscow was what was used as the foundation of written Russian.

In the 1800s, Russian literature flourished wildly. Great authors such as Tolstoi, Dostoyevskii, Gogol and Pushkin were responsible for this. During Soviet rule, some subjects in Russian literature were off limits.

Between 1750 and 1918, the Russian alphabet was as Cyrillic alphabet. Before that, the Russian alphabet was also Cyrillic but slightly different.

There are three groups of Russian dialects: Northern, Southern and Central. Russian, Ukranian and Belarusian are the three languages that make up the East Slavic languages.

The Russian language spoken today has six cases. They are nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, instrumental and locative. There are both plural and singular forms of nouns along with adjectives and can be expressed in perfect and imperfect verbs.

Interesting Facts about the Russian Language

  • The Russian language is the 5th most spoken language in the world
  • The Russian language is considered to be one of the most complex languages
  • Stress on a word can change the meaning
  • It is a requirement for astronaut applicants at NASA to know Russian
  • 10% of Russian words are similar to English words