Russian words in English: 10 questions

Give the Russian word, also used in English and found in the Oxford English dictionary, from the definition. The number refers to the number of letters in the word

  1. Russian word for “Citadel” or “Fortress”, generally used with reference to a specific example in English (7)
  2. A steam bath with a wooden stove. (5)
  3. A kind of underground publishing and distribution network for banned literature (8)
  4. Derivative of the Russian word for water, though it is anything but (5)
  5. Russian word for “majority”, describes a kind of politics or a person with those political beliefs (9)
  6. Old Russian word for “Council”, later came to describe the nation as a whole in a certain period (6)
  7. Old Russian meaning “something given”, as they were often given by the Tsar to people who had served him well; refers to a country estate (5)
  8. Russian for both “World” and “Peace”, later used as the name of a space station (3)
  9. Russian for “openness”, refers to a policy instituted by Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s (8)
  10. Russian for “triumvirate”, refers to the number of wheels on this kind of transport (6)

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  1. Russian word for “Citadel” or “Fortress”, generally used with reference to a specific example in English (7)
    A: Kremlin
  2. A steam bath with a wooden stove. (5)
    A: Banya
  3. A kind of underground publishing and distribution network for banned literature (8)
    A: Samizdat
  4. Derivative of the Russian word for water, though it is anything but (5)
    A: Vodka
  5. Russian word for “majority”, describes a kind of politics or a person with those political beliefs (9)
    A: Bolshevik
  6. Old Russian word for “Council”, later came to describe the nation as a whole in a certain period (6)
    A: Soviet
  7. Old Russian meaning “something given”, as they were often given by the Tsar to people who had served him well; refers to a country estate (5)
    A: Dacha
  8. Russian for both “World” and “Peace”, later used as the name of a space station (3)
    A: Mir
  9. Russian for “openness”, refers to a policy instituted by Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1980s (8)
    A: Glasnost
  10. Russian for “triumvirate”, refers to the number of wheels on this kind of transport (6)
    A: Troika

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