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Five Fascinating Facts

1. The Russian language currently uses a 33 letter alphabet, the origins of which date from the Cyrillic alphabet in the 9th century.
2. Russian is the official language of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
3. Russian is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations, along with English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.
4. There is no continuous tense in Russian, only past, present and future.
5. There is no true 'it' in Russian, since every noun has a gender.

Top 10 UK Universities for Russian*

1. Oxford
2. Cambridge
3. UCL
4. Durham
5. Bristol
6. Queen Mary
7. Sheffield
8. Exeter
9. Bath
10. St. Andrews

*According to the Complete University Guide 2010
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