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Abstract

The Russian alphabet, called Cyrillic, is "reported to have been invented" by St. Cyril in the 9th century. He assigned one letter to each different sound that he heard spoken -- no S for both s and sh, no C for both c and k, no OUGH for uff, ow, off, etc. At the turn of the 20th century there were 36 Cyrillic letters. In 1918 the Bolsheviks eilminated four letters entirely , and about 98 per cent of a fifth, leaving only 32 for current use. Of these 32, twelve look like our English letters, but are not necessarily pronounced the same.

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