"Complex as it might be, Russian is an incredibly beautiful and lyrical language". Photo of matryoshka dolls by Joe Lodge under Creative Commons licence.

"Complex as it might be, Russian is an incredibly beautiful and lyrical language". Photo of matryoshka dolls by Joe Lodge under Creative Commons licence.

"Complex as it might be, Russian is an incredibly beautiful and lyrical language". Photo of matryoshka dolls by Joe Lodge under Creative Commons licence.

What gives Russian its romantic complexity? Over the past two months, we've explored the ten languages essential for the UK's future. We turn to Russian in the eighth post of our series, by Keira Ives-Keeler of the British Council in Russia.

Daniel Craig Casino Royale: Casino Royale © 2006 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

Daniel Craig Casino Royale: Casino Royale © 2006 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

Daniel Craig Casino Royale: Casino Royale © 2006 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

The British Council's Keira Ives-Keeler explains Russia's complex love affair with Bond movies, while Russians can enjoy the exhibition Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style in Moscow until 7 September 2014.

New forms of ‘English’ are swiftly evolving. Photo by John Keogh under Creative Commons licence.

New forms of ‘English’ are swiftly evolving. Photo by John Keogh under Creative Commons licence.

New forms of ‘English’ are swiftly evolving. Photo by John Keogh under Creative Commons licence.

Linguistics expert David Crystal is in Russia to give a series of lectures. At the UK-Russia Linguistic Symposium at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, he described 'the future of Englishes' and the evolution of global varieties of English across the world. Keira Ives-Keeler of the British Council in Russia explains.

Russian audiences initially struggled to warm to Shakespeare’s rugged and emotion-filled plays, full of death, betrayal and skulduggery. Photo: Vladimir Vyatkin, the Chekhov ITF.

Russian audiences initially struggled to warm to Shakespeare’s rugged and emotion-filled plays, full of death, betrayal and skulduggery. Photo: Vladimir Vyatkin, the Chekhov ITF.

Russian audiences initially struggled to warm to Shakespeare’s rugged and emotion-filled plays, full of death, betrayal and skulduggery. Photo: Vladimir Vyatkin, the Chekhov ITF.

Shakespeare translations first reached Russia in the 18th century. Reactions were as mixed then as they are effusive today. The British Council's Keira Ives-Keeler walks us through the history of Shakespeare's Russian reception following the Shakespeare Globe's sold-out performance of Hamlet last month and ahead of the company's return to Moscow in the autumn.

Still from 'The Golden Age of the Russian avant-garde' exhibition. Copyright: Central Exhibition Hall, Manege, Moscow

Still from 'The Golden Age of the Russian avant-garde' exhibition. Copyright: Central Exhibition Hall, Manege, Moscow

Still from 'The Golden Age of the Russian avant-garde' exhibition. Copyright: Central Exhibition Hall, Manege, Moscow

Have you ever imagined a painting coming to life? From 14 April, art fans in Russia will be able to do just that, when Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddeke's 'The Golden Age of the Russian Avant-Garde' opens at the Moscow Manege exhibition venue, supported by British Council Russia. The exhibition animates art from Russia's influential avant-garde movement, as the British