Here is a compiled list of primarily immersion based learning resources for Russian, some of which I have used myself.

The information is not guaranteed to be correct. If you would like to correct anything, please join our Matrix chatroom and give your suggestions. (link on the sidebar)

Textbooks

Name URL File Type Note
The New Penguin Russian Course libgen PDF This book covers pretty much all basic grammar concepts you’ll need. Do note that it’s somewhat dated and some descriptions may no longer be accurate (One thing being the postal address system, which is no longer used)

Anki decks

ru15k v2.0 - Targeted Sentence Cards for 15000 Russian words

I made this deck myself, because I could not find any satisfactory ones. The 2.0 version has much fewer errors and significantly better coverage.

Books

Simply search the title of the book online and add скачать (“download”) or читать онлайн (“read online”). It is significantly easier to find resources than by making equivalent queries in English.

TV shows

Refer to the Google spreadsheet for more complete information.

Some subtitles are available for download from Google Drive

Only subtitled shows are listed here. If you can go without subtitles, we assume you have the ability to find things by yourself.

NOTE: If only some seasons of a specific show is listed here, it means the other ones are not subtitles.

SoL: Slice of Life

Title Genre Season # Hours Sub quality Video Links Subs Link
Кухня SoL 1 7.6 Desynced YT Google Drive
Кухня SoL 2 7.6 Desynced above Google Drive
Кухня SoL 3 7.6 Desynced above Google Drive
Кухня SoL 4 7.6 Good above Google Drive
Слуга народа Political 1 9.2 Good YT Google Drive (embedded ones are bad)
Слуга народа Political 2 11.2 Good above Google Drive (There are no embedded ones)
Назад в СССР SoL 1 3.5 Good YT Embedded
Лучше, чем люди Scifi 1 13.3 Desynced but good once retimed NF RT Google Drive
Эпидемия Thriller 1 6.4 Good NF RT Embedded
Анна-детективъ Mystery 1 44.8 Good YT Embedded

Youtube Channels

Note: “Subtitles” always mean Russian subtitles

Learner oriented

Name Subtitles? Difficulty Notes
Russian with Max Yes Beginner - Intermediate Talks slowly and clearly, good for beginners. Some episodes has more advanced content.
Russian Progress Yes Intermediate Talks faster than Max and does not pronounce each word as clearly, but still quite understandable.
99% in Russian Yes Intermediate Travel vlogs

General audience

Name Subtitled? Topic
varlamov Rare, but most have auto generated ones Urban planning, current events, among other things
Utopia show Many videos Interesting stories, popular topics
Орел и Решка Often, but all recent videos have them. Travel show showing the lives of both the rich and the poor.
История всего Rare History, alternate history
The люди Rare Lives of people in interesting places
ПостРоссия Basically none Nostalgia
Микитко сын Алексеев Rare Linguistics and the history of the Russian language
Антон Птушкин Rare (but has English ones) Travel vlogs
Arzamas Sometimes History, literarature.
Alpha Centauri Often Space news

Podcasts for learners

In general these are more difficult than learning youtube videos, because there is no visual reference.

Most podcasts for general audiences are quite difficult to understand due to fast speech and the lack of visual cues, so we do not list them here.

Criteria:

  • Has to be almost entirely in Russian, no substantial passages in other languages
  • Most episodes has to be available without a paywall.
Name Transcript? Note
Comprehensible Russian Podcast Paywalled Podcasts by the guy behind Russian with Max YT channel. Somewhat more difficult than the videos.
The Russian Twist Podcast Paywalled Interviews with guests
Next Level Russian Website Short podcasts on random topics
Очень по-русски No Short Russian lessons in Russian