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Geographically widespread

Russian is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia and the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages.

Largest native language

Russian is the largest native language in Europe, with 144 million native speakers in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

#8 or #7 world language

Russian is the eighth-most spoken language in the world by number of native speakers and the seventh by total number of speakers. It’s among the six official languages of the United Nations.