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What are the actual linguistic similarities between Russian and Belarusian?

I highly doubt that Belorussian mutually understandable with Polish. On the other hand it is quite mutually understandable with Russian, a little more so than Ukrainian. The relation is following: ...
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Rendering of names in East Slavic languages

I think there are two distinct phenomena here. One is transliteration or re-spelling. All Slavic languages have phonetic spelling, but different reading rules. This means that to write the ...
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Does "русский" refer exclusively to ethnic Russians or a wider Russo-community?

We should examine three distinct cases. The first case is that of the numerous Russian-speaking communities outside of the Russian Federation, which do not consider themselves to be ethnic Russians. ...
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What are the actual linguistic similarities between Russian and Belarusian?

Belarusian is, in a sense, in between other slavic languages. Its grammar is close to that of Russian. Its vocabulary has lots of common words with all of Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish, so it's sort ...
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Does "русский" refer exclusively to ethnic Russians or a wider Russo-community?

As a noun русский means "of Russian ethnicity". A half-Russian can call himself so, but it would be contestable, for instance, half-Russian African can hardly be called "Russian" becasuse of total ...
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