Russian is one of the most important languages of the Slavonic group of languages and is also one of the six working languages of the UNO and its organizations. After the disintegration of the former Soviet Union Russian language has become a language of functional application in all the 15 countries that comprised earlier the former USSR and is now part of the CIS.

Russian literature is one of the richest literatures of the world. The works of writers and poets like A. Pushkin, Y. Lermontov, N.Gogol, F.Dostoevsky, I. Turgenev, L.Tolstoy, A. Chekhov, M. Gorky, V. Mayakovski, M. Sholokhov, A. Platonov, B. Pasternak, I. Bunin, A. Solzhenitsyn, A. Akhmatova, M. Tsvetaeva and many others are widely read and acclaimed as masterpieces among the classics of the world literature. Reading and appreciating them in the original Russian is an experience that is unparalleled. Russian cinema continues to fascinate film lovers and win accolades at International Festivals. Similarly, Russian ballet, folk dances, classical as well as folk music enjoy a very good reputation and have a large audience all over the world.

The pragmatic uses of the Russian language are also well-recognized. Russian is extensively used in the field of trade, scientific research and international relations. After the globalization Russian has been playing a significant role in other aspects of modern life as well as - the cultural, academic, social, hospitality and travel-related activities. New opportunities for employment for people with good knowledge of Russian are emerging every day.

India and Russia have enjoyed a special relationship through the centuries, starting from the famous voyage of the Russian trader Afanasii Niketen way back in 1466 to the fascination of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India with the Soviet model for development. Later, the twenty year treaty of friendship cooperation and peace between India and the Soviet Union further boosted the ties and opened new avenues for exchange. Today the two countries continue to enjoy a relationship of mutual understanding and trust which manifests itself in regular cultural and economic exchange programmes.

Scope: Russian Language is accepted as one of the languages of functional applications. With the growth of industry and opening up of private sector the need for translators and interpreters who are proficient in Russian is evidenced in most Indian cities. The ability to converse in Russian and to write and communicate in the language is perceived as an asset and the job-market has extensive opportunities for academic and professional growth of students of Russian Studies.



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