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It obviously seems to have a Latin etymology, but I wonder if it came into Russian from French.

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  • yes, and it's quite easy to google it – shabunc Nov 16 '16 at 20:16
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The word originates from Latin roots inter(между) plus national(nation)(национальный,народный) and appeared in Russian as a loan word from French at the beginning of the 20 th century(according to Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language ).

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