Retro Serif
The most recent major reform of the Russian language was carried out shortly after the Russian Revolution of 1917 by the Communist Party. This radical reform weakened the Russian language and caused semantic confusion. The meaning of certain words changed with the Bolshevik overthrow and it was decided to omit the letters I, Ѳ, Ѣ from the 'new' Russian alphabet as these were regarded as symbols of the aristocratic 'High Russian' and representative of the defunct Tsarist Russia.

Words such as "MIPЪ" meaning "SOCIETY" ceased to exist, the dotted "i" and "yat'" disappeared from usage, the closest word "МИР" meaning "PEACE" was used instead. The renaming of Leo Tolstoys' famous novel is prime example of the cultureal shift this prompted — it now read "WAR AND PEACE" instead of the original "WAR AND SOCIETY". Similarly, meanings such as "to be" would now read "to eat", "once" would now read "there's no time", "to fly" would now read "to cure". This typeface is a gesture to a Russia without the Communist Party or the Tsar — one that must elevate itself in its own voice.



The Russian language, letters, and typefaces must be recovered. I've sourced pages of the popular pre-revolutionary Russian newspaper "Niva" from 1911, and revived this sharp-toothed display typeface from it.

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