Use of Languages in the World: Use of Russian is Declining
Recently Russian MFA’s Ambassador on Special Assignments stated that the Russian language should receive the status of a second language in post-Soviet countries.
However, as a second language, English has the most number of speakers and Chinese occupies the second position here.
In sum, in one way or another, around 1.5 billion people speak English and Chinese. Then comes Spanish with 550 million speakers. It is followed by Arabic (420 million), French (270 million), Portuguese (260 million): In one way or another, Russian is spoken by 220 million people.
The only criterion by which Russian appears in the top-5 list is list of second or foreign languages by countries. These are mainly post-Soviet countries where people speak Russian better than English. However, even in some of these countries (Baltic states, Azerbaijan and Georgia), the number of English speakers will soon exceed that of Russian speakers.
“Union of Informed Citizens”