Using the same structure in the Chinese Resources question, this is a specifically created Community Wiki which gathers resources for learning Russian and it has been approved by the Community itself.

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Alphabetical Index

  • Add-ons (browser): These are plugins that you install on your browser and that help you in different ways, such as providing word meanings, etc.
  • Audiobooks: Audio files where you hear a voice reading the book you've chosen.
  • Books: Books from Russian authors or translations.
  • Dictionaries: Stand-alone or dictionary files for you to use on your computer.
  • Newspapers: Famous or not services that provide news for Russia and the rest of the world... in Russian.
  • Online courses: Free or paid services online that teach you the language through lessons.
  • Podcasts: Audio files that feature people speaking about the language or giving tips/lessons to learners.
  • Television: TV channels, shows in Russian.
  • Textbooks: Grammar books that teach you the grammar of the language with theory and exercises.
  • Websites: Sites that give help for learning Russian. They give material, tips, hints, and various help for self-learners or regular students.
  • Such a great question and greater answers, thank you.
    – Gigili
    Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 7:46
  • What is the proper place to disclose one's affiliation with a resource one adds?
    – David42
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 13:58
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    At an advanced level you can use yandex.ru which is leading russian search engine to find topics of interest, russian news etc.
    – DSblizzard
    Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 15:40

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  • Duolingo is really good as well. It's Babel but free and less content. Amazing UX imo. Commented Mar 2, 2016 at 15:52

Online courses

  • Babbel - beautiful resource for language learning. They've just added new Russian courses.

  • Busuu — online language learning site. Basic profile is free.

  • Duolingo - free language courses delivered via web-based and mobile applications.

  • Edufire/languages/Russian — a site where you can try and find a teacher of Russian with whom you later connect via edufire web-site or Skype. (For-pay.)

  • Memrise — a spaced repetition learning website. It has several Russian courses. It is mainly just memorizing vocabulary.

  • RussianForFree.com — free lessons from basic level to advanced, texts with audio, grammar, activities, and much more. No Sign-up required either.

  • Russian LinguaLift — online Russian textbook, spaced repetition tools and educational games. (For-pay.)

  • Russian World — video lectures of 2 years of Russian language courses from Dallas ISD.

  • Easy Russian - regularly updated YouTube channel. Conversational Russian with Russian and English subtitles. (! Channel closed)

  • Fluent in Russian - free audio lessons in the form of questions and answers for developing speaking and listening skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary.

  • Russian For Everyone - Russian language self study guide for beginners.

  • ReadyRussian.org - 16-week course for classroom use, includes exercises, quizzes

  • О русском по-русски - Russian courses in Russian for Russian-(little bit)speaking learners. Courses are in Russian but are accessible for intermediate.

  • Somehow Fluent in Russian is no longer up. Commented Aug 29, 2019 at 11:43


  • ABBYY Lingvo.ru, multilingual dictionary.
  • Academic, an extensive collection of Russian dictionaries
  • Gramota, grammar reference and more
  • lurkmore.to, russian lurkmore: an on-line encyclopedia of interesting facts, focused on memes (stable ideas and expressions) of runet.
  • Multitran, great translations for English-Russian, German-Russian, and includes grammatical tables, but doesn't mark stress
  • ru.wiktionary, online dictionary and grammatical tables
  • Пиздец! - Russian-English slang dictionary | Словарь русского мата и неформального языка
  • Open Russian - English-Russian and German-Russian dictionary with examples, declension and stressmarks.

Articles about writing texts in Russian

Collection of articles by art-director A. Lebedev, editor M. Ilyahov and other respectable people in web-development.



  • LiveTV, online streaming of sporting events

  • 1tv.ru News in Russian, the newsreaders speak very good Russian.



  • Russian for Mathematicians, Edited by Doctor of Sciences A. Petukhov, Publishing House of Moscow Center, for Continous Mathematical Education, MOSCOW, 2004




  • Language Immersion for Chrome: Switches certain words and phrases on the web pages from English into Russian (or another selected language)
  • RussianGram (for Chrome): Adds stress marks to Russian websites.
  • That page is down (2020-07-11) Commented Jul 11, 2020 at 15:34
  • You can copy and paste any text in RussianGram. The add-on which adds stress marks to all Russian websites is only for Chrome, but the site is helpful anyway, regardless of your browser. Commented Apr 28, 2021 at 21:37
  • The Language Immersion for Chrome add-on does not seem to exist anymore, or at least the link to it has changed.
    – Ewran
    Commented May 7, 2021 at 15:06


  • KG-Portal, 196 episodes of two podcasts notable for having transcripts.
  • PodFM, Podcast directory for Russian language podcasts
  • Russian Podcast, Simple audio for those who know basic grammar and want to improve their Russian
  • Taste of Russian Resource for upper-intermediate or advanced learners of Russian. Downloadable Russian mp3 podcast feed with scripts submitted. As far as basic practical use is concerned, registration is not required.


  • ruspeach.com - vocalized works of great Russian classics and modern authors. Ruspeach website is translated in 9 languages and it is developing and improving everyday.



I suppose everything below is for "intermediate" and "advanced" levels.


https://wordassociations.net/ru/ - An associative dictionary for enriching artistic language;

http://jeck.ru/tools/SynonymsDictionary/ - Dictionary of synonyms

https://kartaslov.ru/ - Map of words and expressions of the Russian language.

https://glvrd.ru. Glavred Ilyakhova - Cleans out "rubbish" and bureaucratese in the text. You need to use it without fanaticism, since it is adjusted to informational-commercial texts. Suitable for those who unconsciously overload sentences and do not see why this is bad. The service highlights unwanted words and gives a capacious, slightly sarcastic explanation on the right.

http://www.онлайн-исправление.рф/ Program for automatic correction of typos and mistakes;

https://www.languagetool.org/ru Grammar and style corrector;

http://orthographia.ru/ Russian spelling and punctuation rules. Complete academic reference book edited by V.V.Lopatin;

http://old-rozental.ru/ D.E. Rosenthal: Reference book on the Russian language - spelling and punctuation;

http://old-punctum.ru/ Punctuation reference book.

on-line libraries:










http://www.vostlit.info/ - Library of historical texts.

https://www.m-translate.ru/ is a good online auto-translator.

On-line QUIZ game in Russian https://russia.triviador.net/


http://www.proto-indo-european.ru/pie-roots-all.htm - list of Indo-European wordroots in Russian(etc).

https://www.etymonline.com/ - English (this is related) etymology.

https://ru.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary - Wiktionary with etymology.



"Time to speak Russian" A very useful resource to learn Russian for beginners. 10 lessons take you from scratch to an intermediary level with videos.

Other videos of a more advanced level, made by the same center, can be found on their YouTube channel.


https://www2.gwu.edu/~slavic/golosa/audio/audio2-4e.htm Another website to learn Russian (for intermediate/advandced level). The first link is for beginners, the second one for intermediate level. Though the user interface is not very clear, it contains a lot of dialogues and "oral drills" to get some training (by repeating) by yourself.

https://learnrussian.rt.com/lessons/ is the website of Russia Today devoted to Russian language.

https://ccle.ucla.edu/course/view/russian_RLWS?section=1 is the public display of the course site devoted to Russian from the UCLA.

USEFUL WEBSITE/ADD-ON http://russiangram.com/ automatically adds (right) stress marks.

MOVIES IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Mosfilm provides free access to hundreds of Russian and Soviet movies, with English or Russian subtitles.

RUSSIAN DICTIONARY For advanced users, Словарь русского языка в 4х томах (1999) is a very exhaustive dictionary of Russian language, with this online version.

TESTS AND ONLINE COURSES The Pushkin Institute provides a lot of resources of students and teachers of Russian, as well as linguistic tests.

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