Russian Background

With almost 144 million people and Moscow as the capital, Russia has always had a complicated history. Under the repressive regimes of Tsars, Bolsheviks and eventually the Communist Party, one would hardly find a country in the world with larger cultural and social differences. On one hand, great architecture of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow and Winter Palace in St Petersburg, ballets of Tchaikovsky, novels of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, science of Mendeleev and Pavlov, once famous Space Program, delicious borsch and Matryoshka dolls. And on the other side of the spectrum - labor camps, years of repression, political prisons, broken families. Despite the setbacks, there is a chance for brighter future. Originally a Slavic language using Cyrillic alphabet, Russian is spoken by 270 million people around the world. The etymological richness of the language gives parents all over the world the chance to choose a name for their child that is linguistically diverse, with one of the oldest ancestries in Eastern Europe.