The Cyrilic (Russian) Alphabet

Curiously, the Cyrillic alphabet is named after St. Cyril, a Greek monk who, along with St. Methodius, brought Christianity to what is now Russia. Linguists are unsure whether it was Cyril or one of his followers who invented the alphabet, which is based on the uppercase Greek letters.

Russian text with Cyrillic alphebet

The Cyrillic alphabet was introduced by Peter the Great in 1708.

Russian emperor Peter the Great          Cyrillic alphebet

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