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Why you should learn Russian: With over 250 million speakers worldwide, the Russian language is the 9th most spoken language in the world. It is one of the six official languages of the UN, the official language of the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and a co-language of many other countries. Considered a priority language by the U.S. government, learning Russian is highly recommended for those that aspire to work in almost any government agency. Learning Russian would greatly benefit anyone exploring opportunities within the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, FCC, Homeland Security, NSA, CIA, FBI, etc.

Russia’s history as a global superpower stretches from the Russian Empire and Peter the Great to the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and today’s Vladimir Putinled Russian Federation. As different trading blocs and cooperation agreements are discussed, such as the “Eurasian Union”, it seems clear that Russia is priming itself for a grandiose return as one of the great world powers. Awakening from its twenty year hibernation, the “Russian Bear” appears intent on returning to its position as counterweight to U.S. influence. This makes Russian an incredibly important language to learn geopolitically. Add to that the fact that Russia is the world’s 9th largest exporting nation, the 6th largest exporter of coal, 2nd largest exporter of natural gas, and the world’s largest exporter of oil—Russia is poised to become a dominant force internationally.

In twenty short years, Russia has gone from the bread line to the high line, and learning how to speak Russian could be your ticket to success as well! Spend one week in February in Moscow and you’ll know it’s going to take more than Russian Standard to make it through the winter. Sure, the Russian economy has a lot of potential, but if you want to be a part of its thriving IT industry or take advantage of its many opportunities in natural resources, you need to speak Russian. Moscow, formerly home to the Czars, Soviet Premiers, and currently home to the all-powerful Putin, will now be home to BRIC language guides. Starting in 2015, BRIC will bring you the modern Russian language spoken today. Stay tuned for more on BRIC’s revolutionary Russian program, designed to help you learn Russian online!