"A" is for Alphabet
(I thought this was an appropriate catagory considering our theme for the month!)
The Russian Alphabet is called "Cyrillic" (suh-RIH-lick). Cyrillic has 33 letters. Even though a few of the letters look like english letters they don't sound anything like the english language which makes learning Russian really hard.
Cyrillic was believed to be invented by two monks, Cyril and Methodius in the 800's. I don't know why Methodius drew the short end of the stick and Cyril got the naming rights. Some people say it was just named after St. Cyril that he didn't actually invent the language. Tomato, Tomato.
The Cyrillic alphabet was adopted by the Slavs in about the 9th century. It is based on the system of Greek capital letters. Since Chad had to take 3 years of Greek in college, we shouldn't need a translator in Russia, right Chad?
The Cyrillic alphabet, with some modifications, is used by many nations in Europe and Asia, including Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, and Mongolia, to name only a few.