Russian (русский язык - russkiy yazyk, Російська мова, Russisch) is an East Slavic language native to Russia in Eastern Europe, and is used widely throughout Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Baltic states, Israel, and Mongolia. Russian has over 258 million total speakers worldwide. It is the world's 7th most spoken language by number of native speakers, and the 2nd most used language on the Internet after English. Russian is written using the Cyrillic script.
In my teenage years I read most of classic Russian literature: Alexander Radishchev, Ivan Krylov, Alexander Griboyedov, Vasily Zhukovsky, Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Tyutchev, Mikhail Lermontov, Nikolai Gogol, Aleksey Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Afanasy Fet, Nikolai Nekrasov, Alexander Ostrovsky, Ivan Goncharov, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Nikolai Leskov, Anton Chekhov, Konstantin Balmont, Valery Bryusov, Alexander Blok, Anna Akhmatova, Nikolay Gumilyov, Sergei Yesenin, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Marina Tsvetaeva, Osip Mandelstam, Aleksandr Kuprin, Ivan Bunin, Leonid Andreyev, Velemir Khlebnikov, Yury Olesha, Fyodor Sologub, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Alexander Belyaev, Andrei Bely, Maxim Gorky, Isaac Babel, Andrei Platonov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nikolay Zabolotsky, Mikhail Zoshchenko, Nikolay Ostrovsky, Alexander Fadeyev, Mikhail Bulgakov, Daniil Kharms, Mikhail Sholokhov, Boris Pasternak, Nikolay Nosov, Korney Chukovsky, Samuil Marshak, Agnia Barto, Ilya Ilf, Yevgeny Petrov, Vladimir Nabokov, Joseph Brodsky, Victor Pelevin.