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What are these Russian characters that aren't in the alphabet in my learning material?

-small m = т -и with line on top = й -g = д -mirrored s = г These are handwriting-style characters, but some of them (m, -и with line on top and mirrored s in particular) are also used in the ...
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What Russian letter is this?

The character "д" is the lowercase italic version of "Д", which both derive from the greek letter Delta (compare with "Δ", "δ"). In most fonts the straight lowercase letter is written as "д", while "д"...
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

In school it's taught cursive and only cursive, in many "serious" places (like government jobs, jobs in financial sector etc.) it will be considered very non-professional if you can not do cursive. In ...
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What are these Russian characters that aren't in the alphabet in my learning material?

Those are cursive forms: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_cursive The letters you were surprised by are, in order listed, Тт Йй Дд Гг.
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

Things may be changing, but I dare say an overwhelming majority of 'adult' Russians (those finished primary school 10+ years ago) write in cursive - when they have to hand write at all. Writing in ...
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What Russian letter is this?

It is a valid letter "д", the fifth letter of the alphabet. The glyph in the example is produced with a cursive/italic font. The other one is a glyph from a regular straight font.
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

As already said, all Russians are taught in school how to write in cursive and use it in everyday life. Writing with cursive letters is much more faster but everyone has his own style, that is ...
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What are these Russian characters that aren't in the alphabet in my learning material?

In some fonts you might also encounter 'mirrored 6' which is 'small д'.
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

Many responders have already mentioned the cursive handwriting as faster... In fact, perhaps unlike some cursive scripts I see daily used in Europe/US at least, the seeming purpose of Russian cursive ...
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What are these Russian characters that aren't in the alphabet in my learning material?

Nobody posted these letters italicized yet, so here you go: Тт Тт Йй Йй Дд Дд Гг Гг Examine this answer's markdown by clicking "edit" to make sure I didn't trick you :ь
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What Russian letter is this?

Every language has its quirkiness. With Russian,this is evident when one starts typing texts on a PC - and then formatting parts of it. Hence, the сведения seems to differ from "сведения". But, this ...
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

Here's a sample of hand-written lyrics done by a Russian born adult (me) prior to seeing this question. I will leave it you to decide whether it's block or cursive. I wanted it to be easy for my son ...
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

I wanna add my $0.02. As someone who grew up in Russia and went through school there. I'd say, writing other than cursive would just slow me down. Because in cursive your blue line just flows from one ...
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Handwritten sigma in mathematics

Mathematicians (at least in Russia) do not specially learn and/or practice Greek calligraphy, except while handwriting math formulas. So the quality of average handwriting may be somewhere between bad ...
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

As others pointed out it was required in russian schools at least 8+ years ago. Standard cursive can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_alphabet. д has two common cursive forms: tail ...
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Is it becoming the norm for Russians to handwrite in block letters in informal situations?

You basically gave a single example, built some conclusions based on that example and then asked a question based on those conclusions. There's indeed a trend for lesser use of cursive - or rather, ...
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

Cursive or intersections with some block letters (like @Jum Klimov mentioned). No one uses block letters on their own when handwriting. It's way too slow.
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Handwritten sigma in mathematics

In my personal experience (I studied in Moscow in applied maths) I've seen people writing both versions of sigma, but "Russian" one really was more common. And also there is a rather common scenario, ...
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Handwritten sigma in mathematics

You are probably seeing some local quirk of the speakers. I searched online for Russian math videos where I thought it most likely I'd see a lowercase sigma: in analytic number theory for the real ...
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