The Glagolitic alphabet fell out of use over time, as its letters were too complex to draw. And the Cyrillic alphabet has taken root and is used in various forms in the Slavic countries, where Orthodoxy is a traditional religion, including in Russia. And not only in the Slavic: for example, in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the Cyrillic alphabet is also used for the national writing, inherited from the joint Soviet past (as in Mongolia, which, although not part of the Soviet Union, but supported with our the country has close economic and cultural ties).
The first diplomatic and trade contacts between Russia and England were established in 1553, when the English navigator Richard Chancellor found a sea route to the northern Russian lands. Later, the British and Russians established themselves as great imperial nations. Only the British had expansion across the sea, which was facilitated by the island position of the state, and the Russians - by land, the benefit of the lands located east of the geographic core of the state - the East European Plain - was more than enough. In the 19th century, the British and Russian empires reached their maximum size, however, due to the fact that there were very few ethnic Englishmen in the huge state, the national outskirts (primarily India and the African colonies) fell away from the metropolis in the 20th century. The Russian empire, where the percentage of Russians was quite high, remained in the form of the USSR even after the historical and social upheavals. After 1991, when the former Soviet republics “took a different path,” the Russian Federation remains the largest state on Earth in terms of area.
Now let's summarize what is the difference between the British and the Russians. Of course, the table covers only the most important aspects, but it gives an idea that the differences between the English and the Russians are very significant.
|Population||More than 45 million people||About 133 million people|
|Religion||Anglicanism, some - Catholicism||Basically Orthodoxy, there are small groups of Old Believers|
|Language||English, belongs to the Germanic group of the Indo-European language family||Russian, belongs to the Slavic group of Indo-European language family|
|Ethnogenesis||In formation Celts, Romans (insignificantly), Germanic tribes of Angles and Saxons, Danes and conquerors from Northern France - Normans participated in the formation of the Russian ethnos||The Eastern Slavs, partly - Finno-Ugric tribes and nomadic Turks|