When you are asked a question like "Откуда вы?", and you wanted to answer with a single word, would you say "Россия" or "России"?

  • (Mention that asking a russian where is he from may be thought to mean "you're not supposed to be here", unless context gives no chance to interpret it this way.) Aug 1, 2016 at 17:38

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You can actually use both, but the second noun should be used with its preposition из России and it sounds more correct. But speaking to foreigners I would choose Россия.

  • Similarly, if someone asks, say, what you are going to buy at a shop, would you answer in nominative or accusative (like книга vs книгу)?
    – user6816
    Jul 31, 2016 at 2:13
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    Only accusative ( книгу).
    – V.V.
    Jul 31, 2016 at 2:44

Из России is the proper answer. России would be definitely a mistake: you can't use the required case with dropped preposition here. Россия из possible but not perfect: similar simplified, low colloquial answers sometimes even sound impolite.

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