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Russia and especially the Russian language seem to be important to the Night Vale narrative, for reasons yet unclear.


  • "Russian" is to be added to the Night Vale School System curriculum of foreign languages.[1]
  • The Apache Tracker only speaks Russian after he is transformed into a Native American.[2][3][4]
  • Cecil suggests that a Russian (or Ukrainian) dictionary or hymnal is preferred for constructing a dream journal.[5]
  • Mayor Pamela Winchell says "several things that sounded like Russian vulgarities".[6]
  • Michael Sandero, after an accident, is left with a second head that speaks only Russian.[7][8][9]
  • The Museum of Forbidden Technologies' special exhibit “A Startling and Highly Forbidden Piece of Technology Brought to Us by Time Travelers, or Ancient Long-Dead Aliens, or Russians, or Whatever.”[10]
  • Megan Wallaby's pinky ring is inscribed with Cyrillic characters.[11]
  • Nulogorsk, Night Vale's sister city, is in Russia; a stray submarine with a Russian visitor appeared in 2014.[12]
  • Cecil's college diploma includes the phrase "A real people person" in Russian.[13]
  • Russian is used as an example foreign language in "Water Failure".[9]
  • Night Vale has Russian-speaking press in "Faceless Old Women", and the Sheriff's Secret Police spokesdeer speaks Russian.[14]
  • While trying to communicate with the ghost of Marcus Vanston's French-speaking cat, Teddy Williams concludes that although he doesn't speak French he has a Russian dictionary and because the two languages are both so dissimilar to English, they have to be similar to each other [15].
  • Cecil mentions a matryoshka doll, which is a traditional Russian toy [16].
  • The pronunciation of Michigan as "Mitchigan" is the Russian pronunciation of the state. [17]
  • In "The Mudstone Abyss Part 3" Kevin uses the term "agitprop" which is a Russian term.


  1. Episode 5 "The Shape in Grove Park"
  2. Episode 11 "Wheat & Wheat By-Products"
  3. Episode 25 "One Year Later"
  4. Episode 12 "A Story About You."
  5. Episode 22 "The Whispering Forest"
  6. Episode 24 "The Mayor"
  7. Episode 30 "Dana"
  8. Episode 32 "Yellow Helicopters"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Episode 60 "Water Failure"
  10. Episode 33 "Cassette"
  11. Episode 34 "A Beautiful Dream"
  12. Episode 40 "The Deft Bowman"
  13. Episode 44 "Cookies"
  14. Episode 68 "Faceless Old Women"
  15. Live show "Ghost Stories"
  16. Episode 110 "Matryoshka"
  17. Episode 58 "Monolith"